Seed Raising Essentials by Jardin de Fleur

Seed Raising Essentials

THE LITTLE LESSONS LEARNT ALONG THE WAY ~

 

I hope you are loving my beautiful new collection of flower and herb seeds. Flowers bring so much happiness and enchantment into our lives and it is such a joy to be able to share some flower love with you all!

 

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Whether you are raising seeds for the very first time or are a long time seed raiser, we would love to pass on some little tips to help give your JARDIN de FLEUR seeds the very best possible start in life. It is worth mentioning that all seeds are different... some can be simply dropped on the ground and they will sprout in a matter of days and others may require a little more love and attention and need some extra time to germinate. Generally, as a rule of thumb you will find that annuals will germinate quite quickly and perennials will take longer to germinate... and of course there are always exceptions to this rule.
 
Some seeds need light to germinate and others darkness, and all seed varieties have their own preferred soil temperature for germination to occur... as you will see, some seeds can be quite fussy and demanding. However, once you follow these basic tips, you will find growing your seeds from 'babies' to fully grown 'adults' to be one of the most rewarding and satisfying experiences you will have on your gardening journey.

If there is one thing we have learnt, it's that you never stop learning. There is always something new and exciting to learn and experience in the garden every single day.

So here goes... Here are some of our essential tips that will help you along on your seed raising journey.

1. USE A QUALITY SEED RAISING MIX

Most importantly, it is essential to use a good quality seed raising mix in order to achieve the very best results when you are raising your seeds. We can't stress this enough... it really does make all the difference.

A 'Seed Raising Mix' is especially formulated for growing seeds in and contains a balance of nutrients and minerals that is needed to give your seeds their very best start. Unlike 'Potting Mix' which may contain rather large and chunky pieces of bark, 'Seed Raising Mix' is of a much lighter and finer texture that is suited for raising seeds in. Soil from the garden may contain pests and bacteria that could be detrimental to your seeds, so for best results, always use a seed raising mix. You can find a quality 'Seed Raising Mix' at any good nursery or garden centre. That said, you can also make your own homemade seed raising mix... here is an excellent recipe from Milkwod Permaculture: 'How to make 'Best Ever Seed Raising Mix'.

2. SOW YOUR SEEDS AT THE RIGHT TIME

This tip may seem quite obvious, but we wanted to mention this as it is quite an important one... For example if you sow your seeds out of season, they may just lay dormant and you could easily give up on them. In reality, you could sow your seeds at any time. They will lay in the soil dormant until the time and conditions are right for them to germinate... but, a lot can happen until that time comes around, for example pests, birds or wildlife, too much moisture, not enough moisture, extreme temperatures, etc. could destroy your seeds.

3. START YOUR SEEDS INDOORS WHENEVER POSSIBLE

For the reasons stated above, we always prefer to start seeds indoors whenever possible. You will have a far higher success rate if you can grow your seeds in a controlled environment where you can give them the care and attention that they require.

By starting seeds indoors you can extend the growing season by growing your seedlings earlier than you would outdoors due to frosts or bad weather conditions. Not all seeds are best started indoors. Some varieties that do best when sown directly into their final growing position are corn, poppies, sweet pea, pea and beans, as well as many herbs.

4. FOLLOW THE GROWING INSTRUCTIONS

As we mentioned previously, all seeds are different and many require special treatment. By reading and following growing instructions, you can give your baby seeds the best care that they need and you will be well on the way to growing an abundance of healthy seedlings. You can find our detailed growing instructions for all our seeds on the product pages (below the description) of our seed shop website at  jardindefleur.com.

A great little tip that we highly recommend is to print out our product pages of the seeds you are planting so you can keep them handy. That way you can also add any personal notes. It's always a good idea to keep a little gardening journal or notebook.
 
5. USE CLEAN, STERILE POTS, SEED TRAYS AND CONTAINERS

While you can practically use any type of container to raise your seeds in, we have found plastic pots and seed cell trays to be the most practical. These have the advantage that they can be reused time and time again... Be sure to thoroughly wash your plastic pots and containers with each use. This will prevent the spread of any bacteria, pests or plant diseases.
 
6. KEEP YOUR SEEDS WELL WATERED

It is important to keep your seedlings well watered. The soil should be moist but not too wet as well as being free draining. We tend to water the soil in our pots and trays just before we sow our seeds into them. This also prevents seeds getting displaced or washed away. When sowing the tiniest of seeds it is good practice to water carefully by using a mist spray bottle.

If you are not sure how much to water your seeds, you can place your containers in a tray filled with a small quantity of water so that the seeds are watered from below. This can be done after you have sown your seeds in the already moistened seed raising mix. It is a great way to keep the soil moist, but we recommend that you keep checking that the top layer of soil does not dry out.

Keep in mind that some seedlings don't like 'wet feet', so this may not be a suitable approach to watering for all your seedlings. You can always water seeds from below until they sprout and then continue to water them from above after they have sprouted.

7. KEEP YOUR SEEDS WARM

Some seeds require warmth or for the soil to reach a certain temperature for them to germinate. Keeping your seeds in a warm position and away from any drafts will be highly beneficial. When given the right conditions you will find that your baby seedlings will flourish

8. HAVE FUN!

Although growing from seed may come with some challenges... at the end of the day it's great to have a good giggle, share stories of our triumphs, mishaps and adventures and most of all, have lots of fun enjoying all the beautiful blooms of our labour.

Happy seed raising!
Lisa x