How to Plant Hybrid Seeds

Overview

Planting hybrid seeds isn't too different from planting any other seeds in the garden. If you've collected the seeds from a hybrid plant, there's less of a guarantee of germination with hybrid seeds, but if you're growing seeds packaged as hybrids you should have more success. Simply prepare an area indoors in pots or outdoors in your garden bed before you begin and you'll be ready for your tender young seedlings to emerge.

Step 1

Loosen the soil in your garden bed or pot. Add garden soil outdoors, or extra potting soil to indoor containers if needed, so the soil is light and loose.

Step 2

Plant your seeds according to the packaging instructions. Follow the depth specifications for both container and outdoor garden planting, and use the spacing recommendations for plants and rows when planting outside.

Step 3

Place plant markers at the beginning and end of each row if planting outside so you'll remember where your seeds are when they're covered over and germinating. Put a labeled plant marker in each pot if you are starting more than one type of seed indoors.

Step 4

Cover the seeds lightly, without packing them down, and water with a light spray from a watering can or shower wand on a hose. Make sure the soil is moist or damp, but don't soak it so much that you cause any runoff on the surface.

Step 5

Water the seeds regularly for the first three or four weeks so the soil doesn't have a chance to dry out. After your seedlings emerge, water more deeply only once or twice a week.

Step 6

Add supports to plants in the garden that require it, and to any indoor seedlings after transplanting them outside. You may need to help encourage the seedlings to find the supports, but they should hold tight once they are attached to it.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden soil or potting soil
  • Hand trowel
  • Hybrid seeds
  • Plant markers
  • Watering can or hose with shower wand
  • Trellis or cage supports, if needed

References

  • "Success with Seeds;" Chris Wheeler and Valerie Wheeler; 2004
  • "Seed Sowing and Saving;" Carole B. Turner; 1998
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