How to Plant a Little Seed


Plants produce seeds in a variety of sizes for reproduction. Some seeds, such as those from nut trees, are very large while other seeds, such as from the snapdragon plant, are very little. Working with little seeds can be difficult because the seed may be expensive or hard to find. It is better to plant little seeds in separate containers rather than in a tray or one big pot because fungal disease can spread between seed plantings. Generally, little seeds need light to germinate, so pressing into the top layer of soil is sufficient for sprouting.

Step 1

Prepare potting soil by placing in container and soaking with water. Let potting soil in container drain so soil is moist and not wet.

Step 2

Find an area with no wind or air circulation to prepare the seed for planting. Set out the seed in a convenient area in a light-colored shallow dish, beside the planting container. Fill a container that holds water about half full and set out several toothpicks.

Step 3

Dip a toothpick in water, then put the end of the toothpick that was dipped in water onto the little seed. The little seed should immediately attach itself to the wet toothpick.

Step 4

Move the seed that is now connected to the toothpick over the planting container, and press the toothpick into the soil until the little seed detaches from the toothpick. Remove the toothpick.

Step 5

Lightly press down on the little seed with the end of a dry toothpick to be sure the little seed has contact with the soil in the planting container. Do not soak the container in order to keep moist but use a light stream of water or mister to keep damp until sprouts appear. A large stream of water will dislodge the little seed and may affect how it grows in the container.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Planting containers with drainage holes
  • Water
  • Seed
  • Shallow light-colored dish
  • Container that holds water
  • Toothpicks


  • Mother Goose: How to Plant Tiny Seeds to Make Your Own Vegetable Starts
  • " Preparing and Planting in Seed Flats"
  • GH Organics: Seed Sowing: Planting Tiny Seeds
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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.