How to Plant a Seed & Watch It Grow


No matter your age, planting a seed and watching it grow appears to be one of the great miracles in life. You can start a seed indoors in a paper cup, plastic food container or a peat pot from a garden center. Choose from among some of the easier seeds to grow for your first plant experience, such as sunflowers, beans, zinnias or marigolds. These seeds germinate quickly and grow with little effort.

Step 1

Pour potting soil into the seed container, to within ½ inch of the rim. Use a spray bottle to spray water onto the soil, just to moisten. Use a pencil to stir the soil, distributing the moisture.

Step 2

Read the back side of the seed packet, which will tell you how deep to plant the seed and how long it takes to germinate. Each type of seed will have different planting requirements. Poke a hole in the soil with the end of the pencil, according to the packet depth directions.

Step 3

Place a seed in the hole. Push some soil over the top of the seeded hole.

Step 4

Cover the container with a small square of clear plastic wrap. Place the container by a sunny window. The seed needs moisture, warmth and sunshine to germinate (sprout). Check the soil daily. If it begins to appear dry, spray it with the water bottle. Check the seed every day for signs of growth.

Step 5

Take off the square of plastic wrap as soon as the seed germinates. Continue to spray the soil when it is dry. Watch the plant seedling grow until it is 3 to 5 inches tall.

Step 6

Transplant the seedling outdoors after the last frost in your location has passed.

Things You'll Need

  • Seeding container
  • Potting soil
  • Water bottle sprayer
  • Pencil
  • Clear plastic wrap


  • Ed Hume Seeds: Starting Seeds Indoors
  • NC State University: Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors
Keywords: planting seeds, sowing seeds, seeding indoors

About this Author

Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.