Remember To Rotate Your Sproutlings

Just a quick update today and yet another garden-themed one at that!

If you’re like me and using little greenhouses to help germinate your seeds to a transplant stage, remember 3 Key Things;

– When you’re away at work during the day, your windows bring in a lot of light and heat. While sometimes this can be a good thing and indeed what you’d like, too much heat can work against the plastic domes. They can and will roast your tender seedlings alive! It’s often a good practise to tent your covers by lifting up a corner and putting something in to prop it up (or by simply shifting it crooked so it doesn’t make a perfect seal).

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In this case I've lifted the lid on top of the plant tags.

– Along with too much heat, you also can have a more difficult time regulating moisture in a greenhouse. Too little and you’re only hastening the afformentioned roasting of your babies, and too little you create a tabletop swamp. Congratulations if that’s what you were going for, in which case you can stop reading now as you’ve succeeded in your goals! Everyone else is going to need to monitor how dry the surface of the dirt looks in each cell/section as you’re not going to be able to out enough water in each at this point to sustain them for more than your day shift. A spray bottle (from the dollar store) works well in doling out small amounts of water, and you’re going to want to spray until you have little puddles appear. When you get home from work go have a look at your sprouts and water if needed. Don’t go overboard with spraying though, as you’ll end up growing more mold than produce very quickly!

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Water more in the morning than at night; it will be easier for your seeds to dry out and not rot that way.

– If you don’t rotate your plants in relation to their light source you’ll end up having spindly-weak plants.. that is if they don’t snap and break entirely! This is as easy as turning your greenhouses (and other pots) when you home from work. When they are younger plants will grow faster as they reach further and further towards the sun (real or otherwise). This is why older houseplants only seem to grow huge when you’ve forgotten about them! As a rule of thumb a full 180 degree turn is great for little guys, whereas only about a 45 degree (or quarter) turn is needed for larger plants.

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My Cucumbers have grown so fast today that they've run out of headroom!

I have only one more tip that doesn’t entirely fit with my previous three, and that is that you need to remember that for the most part what you start your seedlings in is only temporary. Depending on what you’ve planted your growth rates may vary. After about 3 days of bursting through the surface I had to transplant half of my Cucumbers from their cells to larger pots (and judging by my crooked sprouts in that last pic it won’t be long before their brothers and sisters join them!).

All of these tips work for pretty much any starter session in the Spring plantathon that I hope you’re joining me in. If you aren’t using domes like me than maybe you’ll try some cling wrap with me in a week or so! If you like what you see than comment away, check back often, and ask me questions on Facebook or Twitter! I’m always looking for ideas!

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