Propagators are invaluable containers to grow your seeds in, as they allow you to bring your garden indoors safe and sound from pests and diseases. You have more precise control over the growing environment and can provide your seeds with great conditions for successful germination.
There are a few mistakes easily made when starting out using propagators, which should be avoided to guarantee healthy plants all year around.
Mistake #1: Your Seeds Were Old
Depending on what seeds you’re looking to plant, and whether your seeds didn’t sprout within the appropriate timespan, it’s vital to consider whether your seeds are still viable or not. If you saved seeds from the previous year, it’s worth considering if they were stored before drying completely. This can make seeds start to rot or mould.
Consider your storage space; have your seeds been exposed to extreme temperatures when stored, hot or cold? Extreme temperatures can kill the plants inside the seeds.
Mistake #2: The Containers Weren’t Disinfected
When choosing your containers to propagate seeds, it’s important to minimise the likelihood of soil pathogens killing your seeds. Unsuccessful germination or the death of seeds can often be traced back to poor hygiene practices related to your propagator.
Don’t use chemicals or bleach to disinfect your container, as these leave toxic residues that will affect plants. Washing the containers with soapy, warm water is sufficient before planting seeds. This is particularly essential when reusing containers, as they might still have plant diseases that might spread to your new seeds.
Mistake #3: The Temperature is Wrong
Colder environments will make seed germination more difficult. Different seeds have different temperature needs, however, it’s necessary to keep even temperatures within your container. Heated propagators provide even heat distribution throughout the entirety of their base to guarantee no hot or cold spots. This allows seeds to germinate evenly and successfully.
The integrated thermostat allows for the precise control of temperature between 5℃ and 30℃. You can adjust the temperature degree by degree within these values, providing you with extreme precision.
Mistake #4: Not Enough Light
Your plant seeds will need a lot of light to provide enough energy for them to compose their nutrients. Plants’ ability to orientate their growth towards light and seek it allows them to correctly germinate when planted at the appropriate depth. If seeds are planted too deep, they will die before breaking through the soil.
Choose a propagator with lights to ensure even distribution and healthy growth. Growing your seeds in the shade will make your plants stretch too thinly to find light, which makes them become unable to hold their own weight.
Mistake #5: Your Seeds Aren’t Properly Labelled
It may seem like a simple and small detail, however, labelling your seeds will help to make your life easier. Labels help you to remember which plants you have and where, especially when using several containers. You can also write the day you planted them, so you can better keep track of when your seeds should germinate.
Keep records of your seedlings and plants so you can organise them properly for future planting. This will make sure that you use seeds before they become too old to germinate. Seeds and seedlings can look extremely similar, especially if you’re a beginner.
Expert propagators provide your seeds with high-quality environments for healthy growing. Make sure to provide your plants with everything they need to give them the best possible chance.