Grow your own - Seeding & Propogating

Knowing how to grow seeds isn’t very difficult. All most seeds need is moisture and a certain amount of heat to germinate, and different seeds will need sowing at certain times of year. All our seed packets have clear instructions to guide you.

Sowing your seeds

Fill a seed tray or pot with seed compost and firm it down (not too hard).

Evenly sprinkle your seeds thinly over the compost. If you are sowing large seeds you may want to make holes for your seeds with a dibber.

Cover the seeds with a thin layer of compost or vermiculite and water carefully.

It is a good idea to label your seeds. Put the date and the type of seed on the label. If your seeds need heat, place in your propagator or on a sunny windowsill. That’s all there is to it!

Caring for your seeds

Once your seedlings have a couple of leaves you can gently thin them out to give them more space to grow. Only handle the seedlings by the leaves so as not to damage the stems.

You can either pot them up into multi cell growing trays or pots, or just spread them out more in a large container. When watering seedlings, remember never to use cold or hot water, tepid or slightly warm is best.

Potting On

After your seedlings have grown on a bit more, their roots will quickly fill the multi cells or pots, and it is now time for them to be transplanted into larger pots. You should use a multi purpose compost to pot on, as this will provide the nutrients needed for a healthy plant.

Don’t forget, it is very important to be careful when handling your seedlings at this stage. The leaves are not as delicate as the stem so use these when handling your seedlings.

Always make sure to follow the instructions on the seed packet.