Seed Starting 101 Part 4: A Week in the Life of a Seed


So last Sunday, February 26, I sowed my first flat of veggie seeds for the season. In Part 2 of Seed Starting 101, we looked at exactly how I did it, from washing the flats to prepping the Jiffy pellets to sowing the seeds. As a wrap-up to the week, I thought we would look at what the seeds have been up to since then. Here we go:

DAYS 1 & 2

Here is the flat just hanging out…nothing to see here…move along

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I’m not sure if you can make it out but there is a little white dot at the bottom of the seed. That is the radicle, the first part of the seed to emerge. These are all broccoli seeds by the way.

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Now we’re cooking with grease! The seedling’s first leaves are preparing to unfold.

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Imagine my surprise to come home from work and see these beauties waiting for me! It’s amazing how quickly a seed can grow in 24 hours.

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Here are the babies today. Still growing strong and ready for the world.

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Here is a picture of the cabbage babies that have really started coming around in the last 24 hours.

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And the onions are just starting to germinate.

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The eggplants, asparagus and cauliflower haven’t germinated yet but that’s OK…they will in due time. I hope that you have enjoyed this Mid-Atlantic Gardening seed tour today. Let me know what seeds you are growing this year by leaving me a comment below or e-mailing me at Happy gardening!


March 2, 2012Permalink 2 Comments

2 thoughts on “Seed Starting 101 Part 4: A Week in the Life of a Seed

  1. How are you watering this? Do you have any moisture holding cloth below the pellets? I assume you water from the bottom and let the pellets soak up the water? Also, do you start them on a heat mat and cover them initially? – or just start out with the moisture and lighting immediately? Thanks, Lisa

  2. Lisa, I use flats that don’t have drainage holes in them. I add water (usually with a Mason jar) and wait for the water to be absorbed by the pellets. After a few minutes, I dump out the extra water.

    I don’t use a heat mat but I do start them inside where the ambient temperature is 71 degrees. I don’t like to cover them with the plastic greenhouse domes; to me they hold in too much humidity and don’t allow the soil to dry out at all. My lights are on 16 hours per day from the time I sow the seed until they go outside.

    I hope I’ve answered your questions…if not, let me know and I’ll try again 🙂

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