Starting seeds in Burpee seed starter greenhouse kit?
I just planted 4 diesel berry autos and 4 Dutch passion Skunk #11 seeds in a burpee seeds starter greenhouse kit. It has those pellets that swell up when water is added. Well this is my first grow attempt so I’m nervous ill do something wrong. It seems to be working well the moisture level of the soil/cubes is not too saturated or dry and I have it resting on my stove top which is always nice and warm(about 75-80 degrees F). The dome is always very full of condensation so it seems to be doing what it is supposed to. I emptied a bit of the extra water in the tray because it seemed like the directed amount would keep the soil too wet.
Its been 24 hours now and I periodically check the soil to make sure it doesn’t dry out and stays moist and warm. Anything else I should or could be doing to improve my germination rate? I plan on putting them under a couple of 125W grow lights after they get some leaves until they are large enough to be transplanted into soil pots which will go outside. I plan on using fox farms potting soil for them once in pots, I’m not sure if I should use 5 gallon or larger pots? I’m a growing virgin so any tips or help would be appreciated. Thanks!
I am looking to germ 50 seeds for 30days before going out and this looked like a good way to do it. any one else try this?
I also thought about jiffy pots, but i am afraid they wont break down in time and my roots will be stuck
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They would probably outgrow that within 3-4 weeks. If not sooner, depending on the genetics of course.
You should germinate your seeds before you plant them into any media. I would keep it simple with germinating. You can do this by the paper towel and heat method. To ensure PROPER germination, I always suggest to take a glass of clean natural spring water and put ALL of your seeds in it. Let them all sink to the bottom. This MAY take a couple days. Usually only takes 1 day, and some may sink within a few hours. Some may need a little poke. Any seeds that do not sink are no good. But germinate them any ways.
After all the seeds have sank, drain the water from the cup and place all the seeds in moist paper towel. Put the paper towel somewhere where it is DARK and will recieve heat at about 80*F.
This is something I’v done for YEARS. Though not on such a scale such as yours. It works BEAUTIFULLY. You will be amazed.
Get the RootRiot Organic Plant Starter Cubes. They come in a bag of 100 or in trays of 50. Place your germinated seeds in those. I usually get the bag.
Then I get the 4" Jiffy Peat Pots. Put your own soil mix in those or you can use what I use. These break down perfectly fine. Water them thoroughly before putting them into the soil. Make sure the peat pots are pretty much soaked.
For my seedlings/sprouts I use 3 Parts Fox Farms Potting Mix to 1 part Fox Farms Ocean Forest. The FFOF is very strong.
Plant the Peat Pots directly into the soil! Time it right and you’ll be on your way.
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