Orchids with Expert Hermann Pigors
Feb. 14 and 15
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Chalet Landscape, Nursery & Garden Center
3132 Lake Avenue
It’s not too early to choose seed packets for flowers or vegetables and plan your summer gardens and containers. March is a good time for seed starting for some varieties.
To begin, you’ll need clean flats, trays or pots, seed starting mix, potting soil, labels and artificial light.
Make sure “cells” have drainage, fill with seed starting mix
Dampen thoroughly, sow seeds according to package depth
Tamp gently to make sure seeds are in firm contact with starting mix
Lightly mist to make sure the surface is damp
Cover with glass or plastic wrap to allow for humidity
A room temperature of 70-75 degrees F will cover broadest range of seed needs
Consider using propagation mat to create bottom heat
Remove covering when 50% of seeds have germinated
Give 12-16 hours of artificial light 4” above the plants – move as they grow
If using only sunlight, you’ll need at least 6 hours of direct sun for stocky plants
Transplant to individual pots when first set of true leaves appears
Fertilize with a diluted water soluble fertilizer at transplant time
Always “harden off” gradually before planting outdoors