Plants can take quite awhile to grow. For many seeds, germination can take 15 days or so. Gardeners who want to see their plants grow early or who are racing to get their plants grown before the weather changes can sometimes shave off as many as 10 days off the germination of the seed. The preparations are simple and only require many of the tools commonly found in a garden.
Choose plants that grow quickly. Plants that grow the fastest are bean plants, borage, cosmos, gourds, morning glory, nasturtiums, nigellas, sunflowers, sweet alyssum, beets and turnips. These plants will germinate quickly.
Chip a small hole on one part of the seed. Do this at the outer edge so that the plant is not damaged. This will allow the plant to emerge from the seed faster.
Soak a paper towel and wrap the seed in the paper towel. Place these wrapped seeds in a clear, open plastic bag. Place this bag under a sunlamp.
Loosen the soil. Tightly packed soil can block the breaking open of the seed and can cause seeds to not germinate at all. The soil should be packed very gently on top of the seed.
Water the spot where the seeds were planted. Use watering cans that have nozzles and sprinkle gentle amounts of water.
Spread miracle-gro or another fertilizer over the area in order to give the seeds adequate nutrients and nourishment, which will speed growth.
Choose a location for the plant that provides plenty of sunlight.
When the seed finally sprouts, add fertilizer every 2 to 4 days.
Water the sprouting daily, keeping the soil moist. The best time to water a plant is early in the morning in order to ensure optimal growth.
Remove all weeds from nearby the plant, since weeds starve the plant of nutrients and can block out the sun that the plant desperately needs.
Things You Will Need
- Paper towel
- Plastic bag
- Most seeds only germinate in relatively specific conditions that are beneficial to the plant. Research the plant that you are growing to find out what kind of temperature, humidity an soil the plant thrives in the most.
- If rain washes away the Miracle-Gro, use a rake to spread the Miracle-Gro back to its original spot.
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