Practically all seeds that are sold commercially are prepared into packets, unless of course you are buying in bulk amounts. Seeds purchased off the rack in garden centres and nurseries and those through mail order catalogues, all arrive in individual seed packets which include specific information about the seeds they contain.
It’s worthwhile taking the time to read the seed packets as they provide reliable information on the seeds you have chosen and can actually improve your chances of success, although this is never guaranteed. This is what your seed packet will tell you:
When to Plant:
The best month or months for planting ( both indoor and outdoor seeding ).
Tells you the coldest temperatures at which you can still expect to have successful growth.
How many days it takes for the seeds to sprout as well as how many days until the plant reaches maturity. Sometimes this date will refer to the time of transplant to the date of maturity, as in tomatoes.
Instructions for Outdoor or Indoor Seeding:
Outdoor seeding usually implies that the plants do not transplant well and are better suited to direct sowing methods. If you decide to start them indoors, use plantable pots such as peat or soil blocks so as not to disturb the roots.
Planting and Care Instructions:
Type of soil needed, sun or shade exposure, how far apart to plant the seeds, water requirements, how deep to plant the seeds, whether or not they should be covered with soil, whether the seeds need any special attention before they are planted.
Type of Seed:
A few seed packets will go one step further and also tell you whether the seeds are treated or untreated, are organic, are hybrids or open-pollinated, or are heirloom seeds.
You might also find information on harvesting and how to use your plants after harvesting. Not to mention a great picture of the plant you hope to grow.
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