How to Start Seeds

Starting seeds is a simple process. Many other sources recommend starting seeds using a moist paper towel. While this method does work, we don't like it. Here's why: Inevitably, fine and hairy roots grow into the paper towel during this process - only to be ripped-out when you go to transplant the seedling. How would you like it if your legs were ripped off at birth? We don't think you would. At GYOstuff, it's all about giving your plants the best of everything - from seed starting all the way through harvest. So let's get to it: This is the best way to start your seeds.

What you will need:

Directions:

  1. Place the 72 cell insert tray inside the 10"x20" propagation tray.
  2. Fill the propagation tray with water and rooting enhancer - up to the circles at the bottom of the 72 cell insert tray, or to the top of the ridges on the bottom of the propagation tray. Save some of this solution for step 5 below.
  3. Place Rapid Rooter starter plugs into the cells.
  4. Place seeds in the small holes in the Rapid Rooter plugs. For larger plants, only place one seed in each starter plug.
  5. Moisten each cube with the same solution from step 2 above
  6. Place the propagation tray on the seedling heat mat. The heat mat should be on for 24 hours per day.
  7. Cover the tray with a humidity dome. Condensation should accumulate on the inside of the humidity dome. This is normal.
  8. Wait for the seeds to sprout - usually within 7-10 days.
  9. Once leaves are visible, you will need light on your seedlings for 18 hours per day. We recommend T5 fluorescent grow lighting for seedlings and clones.

Having trouble starting seeds? Want to learn more? Take the 1 hour Cloning and Propagation 101 class or check out the other topics in the GYOstuff Learning Center.

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