How to plant seedlings to forget your winter blues

Are the grey skies and snow making you feel like winter will never end? Why not pass the time by planting some seedlings indoors? It’s an inexpensive activity that will get you in the mood for the coming spring.

Depending on the species you choose, the best time to start indoor planting is in February and March. It’s a fun, rewarding activity that everyone can enjoy and the perfect opportunity for your kids to develop their green thumb!

 

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Why plant seedlings?

Planting your own seedlings has many benefits. It allows you to not only produce your flowers and vegetables at a lower cost but also better control all stages of production. You choose which agricultural inputs to use and which species to grow. If you prefer organic products without pesticides, now is the time to plant.

Seedlings are used to accelerate the production of certain species that grow more slowly. This is particularly the case for tomatoes, among others.

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If you visited our hardware stores in the past few weeks, you may have seen our shelves full of colourful little pouches containing all kinds of seeds, from carrots and cucumbers to peppers and herbs—the choices are endless!

To make an informed choice, carefully read the pouches’ back labels. There you will find all the necessary information for your region’s climate and on the germination time required for the species. Some species, for example, require more space to grow properly, while others need plentiful sunlight. For guaranteed success, choose species that are easy to care for, like tomatoes, peppers, or French marigold—with these, you can’t go wrong!

Which soil and products should you chose?

Once you’ve chosen your seedlings, it’s time to get planting supplies. For successful seedlings, you need the right soil. Specialized soils, such as Botaflora potting soil or Miracle-Gro seed starting potting mix, are perfect for the job. These lightweight soils are specially formulated to promote root development and start plant cuttings. Looking for an organic product? Pro-Mix seeding mix will meet your needs.

For potting, your local BMR dealer offers a full range of peat moss pots of a variety of sizes and quantities per package. You can also reuse a variety small containers from your home; simply ensure to pierce holes in the bottom to allow proper drainage. Yogurt jars, Styrofoam plates, and fruit and vegetable trays are all fine to use. 

Prefer an all-in-one kit? You can also use compressed peat moss pellets in a mini greenhouse. Available in different sizes, these starter kits are convenient and easy to use.

Essantials for your seedlings
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How to plant seedlings

Ready to get started? Add some of your pre-dampened soil to each small container. With a pencil, make a small hole in the centre for the seed. To ensure germination, you can plant two or three seeds per hole. If all the seeds sprout, you can remove the weakest seedling as necessary while transplanting them into your garden.

Lightly cover the seeds with soil and water the pots. Then, place them in a plant tray and cover them with a transparent dome; this will help them maintain the moisture required for seed germination. For environmental reasons, keep the plastic tray and dome for future use. All you need to do is purchase peat pellets refills.

To promote germination, it is best to place your seedlings in a warm, well-lit area away from direct sunlight.

Depending on the seed species, germination may take anywhere from a few days to several weeks. During this time, ensure that the soil remains damp. However, once germination has begun, it is important to remove the dome to avoid moisture build-up, which could interfere with the seedlings’ growth.

 

Now that my plants have grown…

If your seedlings outgrow their pots before the time comes to plant them into your garden, you can transplant them into larger peat moss pots. At this stage, you can add Mycomix transplanter to encourage root development. This product contains helpful fungi that stimulate root growth in your plants. Seaweed can also be used to fertilize your seedlings as they patiently await the warm weather. Follow the packing instructions thoroughly to ensure proper use.

Warm weather on its way? Acclimatize your plants to outside temperatures. Take them out on beautiful spring days while avoiding direct sunlight. Once the risk of frost has passed, you can transplant your little babies you have cared for over the last few weeks into the garden or elsewhere.

Want to know more? Visit your BMR dealer to find all the soil and fertilizers you need for gardening throughout the summer.

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