Like many aspects of gardening, your growing schedule is based on your location and climate. Specific details about when you need to begin sowing your seeds can be found on the seed packet. But for a general guide, annual flowers and vegetables should be sown about six weeks before the last expected frost. This date can be found by searching your location on an online almanac site.
General Seedling Growth Tips
During this delicate stage of the growing process, there are some fairly simple things that can help your seedlings succeed. For best results, be sure to follow the planting instructions on the seed packet.
• Use new and clean containers
• Label your plants as soon as you plant them
• Use a seedling specific potting soil
• Water carefully to avoid major soil disruption
• Place in location that is well lit with temperatures between 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit
• Cover containers with plastics (& holes) until seedlings appear
• Upon growth of second set of leaves, transfer seedlings to larger container
• Harden off plant before putting/planting outside
Be sure the container your seedlings are being transferred to can handle the needs of the plant. If you are not planting in-ground, there are specialty containers like our Potato Planter, Strawberry Planter and our Tomato Planter that are designed for the needs of the plant and the plant harvesting process.
Hardening for Outside
About a week before transporting plants outside, cut back on watering and fertilizing of the plants to prepare them for the outdoors. When it becomes time to transfer your plants outside, it is important to do it gradually. Start out introducing your plants outside for only a few hours on mild days (no direct sun). Increase the length of time outside each day thereafter. This time spent outside is important for the hardening of the plant. More in-depth guides to the hardening process can be found on online gardening sites.