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How do you plant seeds?

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Before planting the seed, first moisten the soil. Next, dig a small hole, place a seed inside and cover it with soil averaging about three times the seed's thickness. Some seeds have different needs and requirements, so it is important to read the seed packet before planting.

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Most seeds prefer a soil temperature of around 78 degrees Fahrenheit to properly germinate. If the soil is too cold, it will take longer for seedlings to appear. Planted seeds do not require bright light until a seedling has appeared, and they then prefer a temperature of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

The ideal time to plant a seed depends on its growing season if the plant will be transplanted to a garden. For example, vegetables like leeks and celery should be planted in containers 12 weeks before planting season.

Seedlings require from 14 to 16 hours of direct sunlight each day. This helps them produce enough food for healthy growth. If they cannot be placed in a sunny window location, fluorescent lights should be used. Seeds and seedlings also require constant moisture for healthy growth. Watering the seeds too much will keep the roots from growing strong and healthy, and it may also cause fungus and mold to grow on the surface of the soil.

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