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Help it Grow—How to Maintain Spring Seedlings

Very few pastimes are as enjoyable as growing beautiful plants and flowers, but many new gardeners run into a wide variety of issues during the first few weeks of spring. In addition to fluctuating temperatures, you might also have to deal with unexpected rainstorms, unwanted infestations, and sudden changes to your soil. Luckily, most of those issues can easily be avoided as long as you come up with a long-term plan for your plants.


Prep Your Soil

Even if your soil seems to be relatively healthy, you still need to test it before you plant any seedlings. Soil testing kits are extremely easy to use, and they can give you quite a bit of information about what nutrients are needed. After you have tested your dirt, you will most likely need to invest in a nutrient blend that changes the pH balance of your soil.

Don’t Let Your Seedlings Freeze

Getting seedlings to grow during the spring months is often tricky because the weather can change in the blink of an eye. Putting your seedlings in a greenhouse complete with heating is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep them at a consistent temperature until they are strong enough to be transplanted. To make this process easier, you might want to set up a wireless thermostat in your greenhouse so that you can check the temperature at any time.

Avoid Soft Water

Many gardeners don’t realize just how important it is to use high-quality water. If you have a water softener in your home or your local utility company softens the water supply with additives, then you will need to find another source of water. Over the course of a few weeks, softened water could add a tremendous amount of salt to the soil, and that is going to be very bad for the fragile seedlings.

Ensure Proper Lighting

While every single species has slightly different needs, most seedlings need to be exposed to light for at least eight hours a day. For indoor seedlings, you will need to invest in grow lights or place the containers in a well-lit area such as directly in front of a large window. Those who plan on using grow lights must make sure that the light bulbs are always two to three inches away from the tallest plants.

If you have tried these few tips and are still struggling with dying seedlings, then you might want to speak with a local landscaping contractor. One of those specialists will be able to help you uncover and address any issues that could be impacting your plants and flowers.



Author Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber;

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