When choosing flower seeds, there are several very important conditions to consider:
- first of all, the flowers must be pretty to you, of course;
- the second condition: the shape and colouring of the flowers must be in harmony with your home interior. Harmony always has a beneficial effect on the emotional background in the home;
- the third condition: the degree of illumination of the place where the flowers will be located must be taken into account. It is not always possible to give them what they need. So when you choose your seeds, read the light requirements of the plant carefully.
When buying, pay attention to the presence of GOSTs, the expiration date and the manufacturer – it has to be reliable.
PREPARE SOIL AND CONTAINERS FOR FLOWERS
Before sowing the seeds, prepare the container and soil. Clay pots are excellent at letting air into the roots, but they easily accumulate pathogenic microflora. Therefore, plastic containers are ideal for flowers. Rinse the pots well with hot water and soda and rinse with cold running water. Read about the soil requirements on the seed bag. The requirements may vary from plant to plant. But most of the time, a ready-made soil or a mixture of sand and peat is a good soil.
GERMINATE THE SEEDS
To increase germination and strengthen the future plant, treat the seeds before sowing as follows: wrap them in gauze and put them in water with added growth stimulant. The soaking time depends on the size of the seeds – from 1 to 3 days.
Often there are situations where the seeds have been soaked in the ground and no germination appears. To avoid this, stratify the seeds when preparing them for sowing. Simply put them in a fridge with temperatures below 5 degrees and keep them there for a few days.
If the seeds have a thick seed coat, it may prevent them from germinating. In this case, soak them in water and gently put on the thick skin.
SOW THE SEEDS AND TAKE CARE OF THE CROPS
If the seeds are small, they are not deepened into the soil, but only spread out on its surface. Spread them evenly and spray well with a water spray, cover with a film or glass. Planting material of medium size, planted at a depth of 1-2 mm, coarse – at a depth of 1-2 cm. If you follow the folk wisdom accumulated over the centuries, the depth should be equal to the diameter of the seed material.
If you have well impregnated the soil with water before and after planting and have closed it thoroughly after sowing, you will not need to water until the seedlings appear. But if the soil does become dry, spray it gently. Do not allow large amounts of condensation to accumulate on the film. Many coarse drops are a sign of overheating. Remove excess moisture in good time and lightly ventilate the crops.
Once the shoots have appeared, remove the film or glass and open it for a few hours, gradually accustoming the flowers to the light and the surrounding atmosphere. Some plants require diving to strengthen the root system. Their number also varies from plant to plant – 2-3 or 4-5. During the dive, the flowers are transplanted into the earth mixture. It is more nutritious and favorable for full development. Read about the number of picks and soil composition on a seed bag or in special literature.
Remember that the first 2-3 days of picking up seedlings can not be exposed to direct sunlight and should be kept in the cool.