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    Default How do you water seeds?

    I have been pretty succesful with this, but i dont use a propagator that most people here seem to use. How do you water your seeds to germinate, and when they are tiny seedlings? I use a spray bottle which seems to do a really good job, but its a bit crap mechanically as it doesn't actually work sometimes. Needs a bit of a shake and pump action to get going.

    If you have a good spray thingy (or something better), where did you get it from? i may follow suit.

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    Just the topic I've been pondering Clay.

    I have hundereds of seedlings at various stages on windowsills throughout the house at the moment, any advice re watering them gratefully received. New to all this so uncertain how wet or dry they should be.

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    I sow the seeds in damp compost and cover. There should be no need to water. When the seedlings start to grow they still only require slightly damp compost. If the compost does start to dry out just stand the pot/tray in some water and let it soak it up.
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    Amanda, i've found personally that spraying with that thing "when it works" twice a day works perfectly myself. Just wondered about the tools people used other than props.

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    I use plastic propagator lids over normal seed trays for delicate crops (tomatoes, peppers, etc) - hardier crops like leeks and brassicas I don't bother. Also I don't water my seedlings unless the compost is looking dry and they are starting to wilt - normally not a problem this time of year unless we have a really sunny day.

    I have a small watering can with a rose: I use the rose on small seedlings (make sure you keep them out of direct sunlight to avoid scorching) or for larger plantlets I use the plain spout and water the compost directly, avoiding the leaves.

    The trick seem to be to make sure that the compost below the surface stays moist. Don't water every time the surface dries out, though, or you will drown the young plants. If in doubt, stick your finger in the compost!

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrier View Post
    I sow the seeds in damp compost and cover. There should be no need to water. When the seedlings start to grow they still only require slightly damp compost. If the compost does start to dry out just stand the pot/tray in some water and let it soak it up.
    Mmmmmmmm. Terrier, that is food for thought. I saw gardeners world this week where they did some tiny seeds and they just stood it in water too. I just hadn't realised that was enough, and since i already had my method which worked, hadn't thought about it much.

    Does that work on all sized seed? even the real biggens' like maungtout? Do you have to water the compost first or will it literally rise from dry?

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    I made a heap of newspaper pots at the weekend to transplant some of the seedlings. I've watered the tray that they're sitting on, the newspaper pots suck up the water and stays moist without saturating the compost. Is that ok?

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    I dont know amanda . I dont know what a newspaper pot is Is it grown in like a toilet roll pot?

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