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How To Grow Seeds Indoors

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I'm just a simple gardener and certainly there are better methods out there, but this is how I made due on little space and little $$ a few years back, and my plants grew just fine.
The pics are awful because they were taken pre-blogging days and not intended to share. But you'll get the idea. I turned off the over head lights when taking the pics to better show the light distribution from the grow lights.
This method is using seedling trays with inserts. Notice my trays are not solid bottoms...that's because I never watered over head...I would dunk these into a fertilizer solution and allow the cells to float on top. As the soil imbibed and the cells began to sink ( several minutes ) I would pull the tray out and throw in another.
In our last home I grew these in the laundry room. I just made the frames from cheap lumber to hang the lights off. A couple of years before that, I started seeds in the guest bedroom in an apartment. I used inexpensive industrial wood shelving and hung the shop lights off that.
**TIP** I used one cool bulb and one warm bulb to mimic a full spectrum of light raising the light as the seedlings grew. I also had the light on a timer to simulate the longer days of spring.
  • how to grow seeds indoors, gardening, Plastic trays and clear domes The reason some are covered and others are not is because different seeds were started at different times
Plastic trays and clear domes. The reason some are covered and others are not is because different seeds were started at different times
  • how to grow seeds indoors, gardening, A close look at the trays all you need is a little counter room to get started
A close look at the trays, all you need is a little counter room to get started.
  • how to grow seeds indoors, gardening, My fertilizer solution for feeding and watering was just kept in plastic bins
My fertilizer solution for feeding and watering was just kept in plastic bins
  • how to grow seeds indoors, gardening, An old pic of my apartment days lol but just to show how a small space can grow hundreds of seedlings
An old pic of my apartment days, lol...but just to show how a small space can grow hundreds of seedlings!
  • how to grow seeds indoors, gardening, The lights were lowered when the seed trays were under them
The lights were lowered when the seed trays were under them.

Got a question about this project?

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL

    Wow, you really capitalized on your space, Shelley. But I'm not buying that "I'm just a simple gardener" line! :-)

  • Sow and Dipity

    lol...ok @Douglas Hunt I take 'dirt' pretty seriously, ha ha.

  • Gayle wilson
    Gayle wilson Whitehall, MI

    Have you ever tried to clone a plant?The thing that is nice is you are guaranteed the exact same plant over and over.You dont have seeds you just cut a branch on 45 degree angle then cut up the middle of the bottom 2 " .Pull leaves near union

  • Sow and Dipity

    Hi @Gayle wilson, yes I have done cutting propagation...but this can be tricky depending on the plant. Coleus is one I recommend for beginner's if you wish to give it try :)

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