DOES ROCK WOOL WORK WELL FOR GERMINATING SEEDS?
You can purchase rock wool cubes that are convenient and easy to find online.
These are a great way for seed sprouting. You soak the cubes in a plant nutrient and water solution and let them drain before planting your seed or seeds in the middle. The rock wool cubes hold in the nutrients and the moisture well. Most of the seeds sprout in a day or two more.
COCO PELLETS. HOW WELL DO THEY DO?
These work well also. Just about anything that allows the free flow of oxygen and water will do all right.
HOW ABOUT THE NEW GERMINATING STATIONS AND HEAT MATS? ARE THEY ANY GOOD?
These come as a complete kit with everything you need except the seeds. Easy and inexpensive to get online. Using this method has become my favorite way of germinating seeds. So clean, so precise, so fast.
You just follow the enclosed directions and place your seeds in the provided seedling inserts which you then put on the waterproof tray all on top of the heat mat with automatic temperature control. There is a small humidity dome that comes with one of the kits and as your seedlings grow taller there is a larger humidity dome with vents to replace the smaller one.
This is a good way to start your plants for your indoor hydroponic garden.
So clean and easy and automatic. No messing with spilled dirt or dirt caught in your fingernails.
PEAT PELLETS. HOW DO THEY WORK FOR GERMINATING SEEDS?
Fast expanding earth friendly biodegradable peat pellets are a great way to start your garden. They can be used for germinating seeds for either a soil or soil free hydroponic garden. The peat pellets hold the required amount of nutrient and moisture to get your seedlings going. These peat pellets are easy and inexpensive to get online.
ARE THE USE OF PEAT POTS THE BEST WAY TO GERMINATE SEEDS?
Some people also swear by peat pots as being the best way for them. Your just fill your peat pots with your soil of choice and when the seeds are sprouted to the correct size you just place the whole thing in the garden not disturbing the roots one little bit.
DOES SPROUTING SEEDS INSIDE SMALL CONTAINERS FILLED WITH POTTING SOIL WORK WELL?
Sure that works well if the soil is good if your temperature and humidity and watering is optimal and you transplant at just the right time into the soil garden of your choice. WHAT KIND OF SOIL WORKS BEST? One part loam or top soil, one part sand and one part peat works very well for most instances or any bagged potting garden soil..
HOW ABOUT THE USE OF PLASTIC BAGS FOR SPROUTING?
You place a little of your dampened soil or growing media into a sandwich or snack sized plastic bag. Put your seed or seeds in the middle barely covering them. They should germinate well in a few days. Take care not to disturb your roots too much when you transplant.
IS IT BEST TO JUST PLANT YOUR SEEDS IN THE INEVITABLE GARDEN TO AVOID DISTURBING THEIR ROOTS LATER?
I don’t like to do this because I haven’t had any luck with that method. Too many small animals around outside to trample on the small seedlings and too many insects that just love to eat both the seeds and the tender new green shoots.