December 31, 2010 at 7:21 pm #254074dry_dip_stickMember
I’m having, and have always had not much luck with growing edibles from seed.:angry:
Is it worth investing in a proper seed raising kit?
I have tried growing seeds in
-Dunny roll cardboard centers, plastic punnet trays, jiffy pots and household reused containers (milk cartons, yoghurt pots ect)
I have tried
-compost, seed raising mix, potting mix, and a mix of all
Why dont the end up looking like the vege punnets at the nurseries? Instead of sparse, lanky seedlings???
No point ‘seed saving’ if i cant grow from seed successfully.
Any tips and hints would be most grateful:cheer:December 31, 2010 at 7:40 pm #486137GrethMember
The most important thing about raising seed is that you keep them well watered, and many people cannot commit to daily checking and care to keep seedlings growing up.
Once they get to the ‘two leaf stage’ you need to think about potting them up individually, so they have more space to grow well. Now is a really great time to fertilise too.December 31, 2010 at 8:31 pm #486138edensgateMember
When I buy tube stock, I keep all the containers and use them to raise my seed stock. I also plug a lot of seeds directly in the ground – like pumpkin and corn and that sort of thing. Particularly when the ground is wet like now.
But I have also always had trouble raising from seed. I learned a neat trick from a friend on another forum. She saves and re-uses those hardy zip-up plastic cases you buy your doona and manchester in to create a humidity tent for her seedlings. I actually have a few of those in my cupboard that I use for storing other things but I’m going to try her method and see if it helps my success rate.
Personally tho’, I tend to factor in the high losses when I sow, so that only the strongest, hardiest plants survive to give me seed for the next generation.
HTHDecember 31, 2010 at 10:34 pm #486139bushyMember
As edensgate says, plant larger seeds directly, much better sucess and things like corn hate transplanting.
Your description of lanky seedlings means to me not enough sunlite.December 31, 2010 at 11:35 pm #486140BelMember
I’ve tried lots of different things over the years to finally get to the point where most seeds germinate and do quite well. I found that dunny rolls attract too many bugs and they chew the emerging seedlings. Too many other competing volunteer plants tend to come up when I use compost, or else it’s too enticing for the bugs or not composted enough.
This is what I do now:
– use plastic seedling trays or small pots or tube trays (plastic seems to work best)
– put the trays/pots inside a large polystyrene box with some holes in the bottom for drainage
– use a commercial seed raising mix combined with peat moss and blood and bone. The blood & bone is the most important part – it’ll boost your plants past the point where they emerge and stop
– cover the boxes with some plastic laserlite sheet off-cuts or old glass, plastic whatever – just something to keep in warmth but let the sun in
– cover the whole lot with shadecloth if it’s going to be too hot
– remove plastic cover once seedlings get established to start hardening off
– keep moist, but not drenched. A water sprayer works best. If they get too wet, the soil gets compressed and stagnant and the seedlings can’t emerge
– keep away from mice – I recently discovered that mice have been digging out my large seeds, chewing out the kernels and discarding the outer husks!!
– some seeds do best planted straight into the ground (I tend to plant carrots, onions, lettuce, pumpkin, corn, beans and others striaght into the ground)
– plant more than you need so that if some don’t germinate, you’ve got back-ups
– keep away from snails & slugs!!
Hope this has been of some help. I don’t need to buy any seedlings any more. Everything from seed. Like anything, it’s trial and error most of the time.
Good luck!January 1, 2011 at 8:32 am #486141kerriebMember
Lanky seedlings might be due to too little light. The other thing you need to consider is that the nursery ones will be very well fed.
Especially if you aren’t potting on and they are in seedraising mix. Feed them with some soluble fertiliser regularly and watch them grow.January 1, 2011 at 11:28 am #486142ballamaraKeymaster
I know how you feel, my attempts to grow from seeds is the same. I think how much water to give them is my main problem. I guess the only advise I can give is to keep trying and eventually your green thumb will emerge and flurish.January 3, 2011 at 11:33 am #486143FozzieMember
I’m finding that there is something that keeps eating my seedlings. They are germinating pretty good! (although the cauli is struggling), then I come out and the leaves are bitten off.
So I do a slug search all around and find nothing, but the leaves are still disappearing! Grr!! I’ll shift my little greenhouse and maybe put containers with water around the legs in the hope that it will stop critters/ slugs/ anything from being able to get in!January 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm #486144roadwarriorMember
Ditto to what Bel said.
I use 198 and 112 cell seedling trays with peat moss and blood and bone to raise my seedlings. They get watered every day by an automated system during the hottest part of the day, and they are in the open air; no clear plastic over the top which might cook them.
I was fortunate enough to put a big order in to a wholesale nursery supplier once, and I was registered on their books as a business. They don’t sell to individuals, but now I’m in their system I can buy whatever I want.
Also ditto to the types of seedlings that need direct planting.
I source all my seed from Eden Seeds. They are the best.January 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm #486145WombatMember
Here is my process for seedlings…..(to save having to write it out again.)
NevJanuary 3, 2011 at 7:31 pm #486146dry_dip_stickMember
Thankyou all for such great replies.
Polystyrene box, peat moss and blood and bone is something I have never ever thought about!! (I thought my homemade compost would be fine just as it was)
Think I’m def going to try Eden seeds, didn’t have much luck with Diggers seeds, last time I tried raising seeds in our previous garden.
Its also great to see that i’m not the only one having seed troubles.January 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm #486147bushyMember
Can recomend Eden seeds, good business to deal with and send online catalogues tooJanuary 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm #486148Ajays MumMember
I’ve been using a big plastic storage container with a lid (~40L? were about $8 from Crazy Sam’s). They are translucent so let in sunlight but have a lid to keep the babies moist. I find that 40 yoghurt containers fit flush in one, I put holes in the yoghurt containers, fill them with commercial seed raising mix and keep them moist. When the babies get bigger I take the lid off to harden them, and they can be easily moved to get more sunlight or out of the heat. I keep mine at the back door so when I go to put the washing out I check them each day. When I go away I leave them in the carport so they don’t dry out or get too hot. Using this method I’ve had my first ever success at seed raising this season!January 3, 2011 at 11:42 pm #486149BelMember
Listen to what roadwarrior says. My technique now is based on an old thread where I followed what roadwarrior suggested – so thanks! I’ve gotta say – I used to bag Diggers seeds and have sinced switched to Eden Seeds and others. However….
it’s my technique that’s improved, not the seeds. Now my old Diggers seeds are germinating just as well. So, I humbly apologise to Diggers. And Porgey – you were right about Diggers seeds being good too.
Good luck with the seed raising DDS. I’m sure you’ll do well this time round.
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