Planting fruits, vegetables, and herbs from seeds is one of the easiest ways of growing plants. Once germination process begins, plants enter the stage of growth. In horticulture, seeds are easier to grow as compared to stalks, crowns, and other parts of the plants. One of the reasons behind this is because they easily adapt to their environment once they’ve germinated.
A seed is a product of any plant through fertilization. Considered as the “vessel” of the parent plants, seeds continue the good and bad traits to the next generation.
Often covered with a protective shell, seeds need to break down dormancy in order to germinate. Germination process is the first step in successfully growing plants. Seeds germinate depending on various factors such as the weather and soil condition, amount of light present, or even the thickness of its shell.
Growing medium is an important factor in the germination and growth process of a seed. Growers use various types of media for their seedling bed. Organic gardeners use the appropriate type of soil to grow healthy seeds into plants. Alternative methods in growing plants use other mediums on systems such as hydroponic, aquaponic, organic, and aeroponic. Seed growing mediums should be able to provide oxygen to the plants roots. Water should also pass through to supply the nutrients from one plant to the other. Rockwool and perlite are among the commonly used growing mediums in most gardens. Coco coir and clay pebbles are also used as alternative media to soil.
The next time you plan on growing plants, consider purchasing seeds from a reputable garden store. Seeds are easier to grow and maintain as compared to planting matured parts of the plants. Cutting down on your expenses is an advantage when it comes to using seeds. In addition, you get to plant and more than you’ve originally planned.