Watering Seeds Properly

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 29, 2017)

For some reason, all too many gardeners (beginning and experienced) do not stop to think about whether they are watering their seeds the way that they are supposed to. This usually ends up leading to all kinds of problems later on. However, by knowing the correct methods for watering seeds properly you can avoid those problems. Here are a few guidelines to ensure that you do the job correctly.

  • Research your plant. In order to water your seeds properly, you need to first know what type of plant you are dealing with. This means that you will have to do a bit of research about that particular plant, and what its requirements are. Otherwise you will find yourself to be guessing, and potentially disastrous results to the seed.
  • Properly planted? Before you can begin watering the seeds, you need to make sure that you have planted them correctly. This is also a secondary benefit of doing some research on the plant you are trying to grow. Keep in mind that you need to properly plant the seed or you can find that the water will not reach the seed like it should, or that you are washing away the soil that is covering and protecting the young seed.
  • Inside or out? Are you going to be growing the seeds inside or out? While it may seem like a rather minor detail, where you are going to be growing the seeds affects just about everything else in the growing process (including watering). For example, if you are going to be growing the seeds outside you will need to worry about things other than just water to ensure your plant grows properly.
  • Delivery method. How are you going to be delivering the water? If you simply pour the water over the seed from the tap, you run the risk of over watering. However, if you don't use the correct delivery method you can also end up under watering the plant as well. When watering a young seed in a container, you may want to consider using a damp (not soaking wet) sponge and wringing it out. This will ensure that you can control the water enough so that you limit many of the major problems. Be aware that if you are growing the plant outside, you will need to use a different delivery method.
  • Create a schedule. You will also need to create a schedule for watering the seedling, and it needs to be as natural as possible. The watering schedule is also one that will differ greatly depending on the plant you are trying to grow as well. Figure out the amount of water that your plant should be getting on a weekly average, and then break that up so that you can deliver that water over the course of three different days.

Keep in mind that watering seeds properly is only the beginning. Once you have the seeds are being watered properly they will begin to grow. This means that you will need to carefully maintain the newly growing plant, and ensure that they do not come to any harm.

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Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

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