Indoor Seed Starting Supplies
Indoor seed starting gives a jump start on the growing season and allows you to grow a far wider variety of seeds than you would find in most garden nurseries.
You can see how I start seeds here:
Seed Starting 101: How to start plants from seeds
- Fluorescent light fixture | Choose shop light fixtures that use T8 or T5 flurorescent bulbs. Find some ‘warm’ and ‘cold’ bulbs if you can.
- Wire shelving unit | I like a wire shelf to avoid water damage but wood works fine too. Also get seed starting trays (item 3) to catch drips.
- Metal S hooks | You may need some hooks to suspend the grow lights over your plants. Most shop lights come with chains that allow you to adjust the placement of the fixture as the seedlings grow.
- Seed starting tray | For catching water drips
2. Organic seeds
I choose organically-grown seeds.
- You can see my favourite seed companies here:
Favourite Organic Seed Companies
- For the best temperatures for starting seeds:
Temperatures for Seed Germination
3. Seed starting tray
These trays are very handy for holding a group of pots and protecting your shelves and floors from drips. Sometimes you can get them free when purchasing nursery plants.
4. Watering can
When growing seedlings under grow lights, you’ll need a watering can with a very long spout to reach each pot. Remember: always water the soil not the plant.
5. Digital timer
Opinions vary but in general, seedlings need from 10-16 hours of light per day. I’ve experimented over the years and now keep the lights on around 10-12 hours.
6. Seed Sowing and Saving by Carol B. Taylor
You can follow basic directions like mine here: Seed Starting 101 or get yourself a book. Browse first to make sure you find the instructions easy to follow.
7. Soil blocking tool
This is my favourite seed starting tool. It gathers soil starting mix into convenient clumps. Once seeds have sprouted, these soil blocks are super simple to transplant.
Some seeds like their ‘feet’ warm during germination and the early growth stages (see preferred soil temperatures here). You can use a proper seedling heat mat (see one here on Amazon), or, make use of warm spots around your home (lots of tips here).
For more growing tips, check out the Grow archives.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛