Ideas on Starting Seeds Indoors
You will realize how cost-effective it is to start plants from seed indoors once you have tried doing it. It’s easy, but you have to do it right.
Here are the tricks to help you get started with it:
1. Grow Lights
If you have a sunny window, you don’t need to grow lights. But you will get stronger, more robust, and generally healthier plants if you do.
Before taking the plunge and buying grow lights, I started my seedlings indoors in a sunny window for almost two to three years. The 5000-lumen LED lights are the best grow lights, which typically come at affordable prices.
Having a high-quality potting soil blend is heaven for gardeners. I have my favorite brand, of course, including Sunshine and Pro-mix.
I don’t advise using outdoor soil with compost for indoor cultivation. It may have issues affecting your plants’ growth, such as aphids and soil gnats.
Interestingly, high-quality potting soil mixtures don’t actually contain any natural soil; they are soilless. Despite that, they do a fantastic job of holding onto moisture while preventing waterlogging.
Potting soil is great for growing plants in pots but is not recommended for vegetable garden beds. Be aware that although this soil can hold onto nutrients, there aren’t many of them there.
Additionally, fertilizing once or twice a week will be quite beneficial to your plants.
3. Plant Pots and Trays
For this project, you will need plant pots or plant plug trays in different varieties and sizes. You can also DIY using recycled items like clear clamshells, disposable cups, egg shells, toilet paper rolls, and more. As long as you have good water drainage, you can use any container of your choice for your seeds. For containers like cups and disposable vials, make sure that you bore holes at the bottom where the water can pass through.
Your grow lights should ideally be on for up to 16 hours each day. As I struggle with consistency when manually turning on and off my lights, I found programmable timers that saved me all the worries about timing.