Sunday, December 24, 2017
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Today I’m going to plant my seed into a peat pod.
After a 24 hour soak, you can see that this seed has opened and there’s a tiny, little root poking out.
Because of the root, you have to be very careful not to break it – it’s very fragile. But with my nimble fingers, I manage to pick her up and place her gently into the hole of the peat pod.
I like to pinch off a piece of peat and place it on top of the seed to keep it from drying out.
The tray is still on the heat mat set at 77°F, but now I’m placing a T5 lamp on top of the plastic dome and keeping it on 24 hours a day.
Let’s back up a minute to talk about the dome. You can get these seed-starting kits at any hardware store for about $30, and as you can see, they really work great. My kit came with the tray, dome, heat mat and T5 lamp that sits on top perfectly.
The dome is very important because it gives the little seedlings enough humidity to thrive. The biggest danger to a seedling is drying out! Yet you don’t want to soak it either, so just spray the top with a sprayer filled with plain water whenever it looks dry. I’m also keeping the glass of water in the dome for some extra humidity.
As for the peat pod, I’ve had great success with them, but you don’t have to use them. Any seed-starting soil will do, just make a shallow hole and pop the seed in, then cover it with a little bit of soil, and spray with water.
I’m a believer in transplanting, some people will put their seeds into a 5 gallon pot – whatever works for you, but starting with a very small pot will make it easier to keep your seed moist without over watering. I’ll talk more about transplanting later on. For now, my seed is off to a good start and i expect to see it pop up out of the soil in a day or two.
Have I forgotten anything? If you have any questions, just ask. I’m trying to be very thorough, but I’m only human and usually stoned.