Growing Your Seedlings for Your SNAP Hydroponics

Growing your own hydroponic vegetable plants from seeds can be rewarding. You get to see your seeds germinate and grow into seedlings. Well, I was excited when the lettuce seeds that I've sown started to germinate and slowly found there way on the surface of my growing medium. Anyhow, here's the procedure on how to grow your seedlings from seeds.

Starting SNAP Hydroponics by Growing your own Seedlings - Procedure

  1. Gather all the materials you need.

  2. Fill the sowing tray with your desired growing medium, about 1 inch thick or more. Level your growing medium.

  3. Make shallow furrows on your growing medium using a small stick or pencil, about 1/4 inch deep.

  4. Sow seeds on the furrows, dropping about 1 seed for every half inch. This will make pricking of the seedlings much easier when it is ready to be transplanted into individual growing cups.

  5. Cover each furrow with the growing medium, covering the seeds about 1/4 inch deep.

  6. Water gently with the prepared watering solution (water with SNAP nutrient solutions).

  7. Some seeds germinate within three to five days, while others may take a little longer, so be patient. Once they germinate, start taking pictures of your littles babies (well I may be exaggerating a little bit).

  8. Germinated Lettuce Seeds
    in Coco Coir
  9. As they grow, they form their very first leaves called "baby" or "cotyledon" leaves. Make sure that they get enough bright light during this time.

  10. Soon, true leaves will emerge above the baby cotyledon leaves.

  11. Grow the seedlings for about 10 days before transferring them into individual growing cups (the seedling plugs).

Image: © David Mangusan Jr.

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