How to Plant Sprouted Seeds
By: Jenny Harrington
21 September, 2017
Pick up seedlings to transplant by the seed hull or leaves to avoid damaging the roots.
Transplant sprouted seeds directly into the garden instead of a pot.
Space seeds a few inches apart when sprouting so the roots don’t become tangled.
Transplanting sprouted seeds requires caution to avoid damaging the delicate roots and first shoots of the plant. Seeds are first germinated in trays of soil-less starting mix, between wet towels in plastic bags or in jars of water. They must then be transplanted into individual containers that give them room to grow and develop before finally being transplanted to the garden. Sprouting then planting into soil works well for thick coated seeds such as beans or for older seeds that you are unsure will sprout traditionally.
Plant into a soil mix once a root has formed on towel-sprouted seeds but before the leaves emerge from the seed casing. Transplant seeds sprouted in soil-less mixture once the first true set of leaves form. True leaves are the second set of leaves the seedling produces; the first set of leaves is the same for all seedlings.
- Transplanting sprouted seeds requires caution to avoid damaging the delicate roots and first shoots of the plant.
- Transplant seeds sprouted in soil-less mixture once the first true set of leaves form.
Choose small containers that are between 4 and 6 inches in diameter. Use containers with bottom drainage holes and set them in a tray to catch the excess water.
Fill containers with a soil mix. Use a potting mix formulated for seed starting or mix equal parts compost and peat moss with a handful of vermiculite to make your own.
Water each container thoroughly until the soil is equally damp but not soaking wet.
Poke a hole in the center of each pot that is 1/2 inch deep and as wide around as your little finger. Place the sprouted seed into the hole root side down and cover loosely with soil.
- Choose small containers that are between 4 and 6 inches in diameter.
- Use a potting mix formulated for seed starting or mix equal parts compost and peat moss with a handful of vermiculite to make your own.
Place in a warm, sunny window. Keep the soil moist at all times. Water from the bottom of the container to encourage strong roots and avoid disturbing the seedling.
Fertilize with a half-strength liquid fertilizer when the seedling is 4 weeks old. Transplant outdoors after the last frost or when advised on the seed envelope.
Transplanting sprouted seeds requires caution to avoid damaging the delicate roots and first shoots of the plant. Seeds are first germinated in trays of soil-less starting mix, between wet towels in plastic bags or in jars of water. They must then be transplanted into individual containers that give them room to grow …
Planting Sprouted Seeds
Seeds are an amazing thing of nature. Plants produce an abundance of them every year. Down through the years much knowledge has be acquired about how to plant, grow, and harvest from seed planting. All sorts of methods have been written about, talked about, and experimented with how to plants seeds and nurture them to a food harvest. This post will explain how to insure 100% plant growth from germinated seed sprouts.
One of the most difficult seeds to sprout is the famous pepper seed. Under good conditions the seed might germinate in potting mix in three weeks. Many times only a few seeds will germinate and then another three weeks of waiting must be done for more pepper plants. Spouting the seed first will guarantee 100% plant growth in 10 days.
Step 1: Of course step one would be to acquire the seeds. There are many good seed companies to get seeds or local nurseries will have them as well. Fresh seed will always give better results for sprouting and planting.
Step 2: Fold a section of paper towel into a square that will fit into a pint-size Ziploc bag. Place the towel square on a counter-top and moisten the towel with a wet sponge. Don’t wet the towel too much but just moist.
Step 3: Place the seeds on the paper towel with a generous amount of space between them. Make sure the seeds are in good contact with the paper towel.
Step 4: Take a pint-size Ziploc bag and open it up as wide as can be. Pick up the paper towel with the seeds by placing it on the open palm facing up. Carefully place the towel with the seeds inside the Ziploc by sliding your hand and towel together into the open Ziploc. Pinch the bag on the end of the towel to keep the towel in the bag and slide your hand slowly and carefully out of the bag. Press down on the bag to remove air and give the seeds good contact with the moist towel.
Step 5: Close up the bag and place it seed side down on a soft surface such as a bath towel. Set the seed pack on top of the bag as a marker of what plants the seeds will grow. Put a light weight on top of the seed pack and the Ziploc bag to keep the seed contact. A magazine would be perfect. The temperature for good seed sprouting is a range between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Too hot or too cold will slow the sprouting time.
Step 6: In five days the seeds will be sprouted and ready to plant. The seed that haven’t sprouted will not be planted. This is how 100% plant growth can be produced. It’s time to carefully remove the towel by opening the Ziploc wide and carefully sliding out the towel. Take a seed cell planting tray and fill it with a quality potting mix. Use a pencil to poke a hole about an inch deep in to middle of one of the cells. Carefully, take one of the sprouted seeds between your thumb and fore finger and direct the seed root that has been sprouted into the pencil hole. The pencil eraser side can be used to move the sprout root down the hole until the actual seed is just below the surface the the cell. Gently cover the sprout and seed with potting mix to a depth of the width of the seed. Very little mix needs to be over the sprout. Use a spray bottle to lightly wet down the surface of the seed cell. Continue to spray and keep the potting mix moist but not wet.
Step 7: The plants will normally break the surface in about three to four days. At that time top watering is stopped and bottom watering is started. From seed to plant takes about 7 to 10 days and it’s on the way to becoming study healthy plant for the garden.
Find out how to sprout your very own seeds easily and quickly, just in time for the summer planting season.