Germinating the seeds
Getting started -- The seeds sprout best when given a few weeks of cool temperatures, such as in the refrigerator. The tips below explain the process.
When to plant -- Plant your seeds when you receive them for best germination.
You may plant each seed in individual, small containers. Or you plant them all in a single container and then separate the seedlings later. Either way, use pots with drainage holes
For soil, use a well draining mix high in organic matter. A typical mix is 2 parts potting soil to 1 part perlite or
coarse sand. An alternate mix is 3 parts perlite to 2 parts coir fiber or
peat moss, with some slow-release fertilizer
Enclose the pots in a sealed container and place them in the refrigerator. Mark your calendar to remove them after 4 weeks.
Then move them to an area with day temperatures between 60 to 77 degrees F (16-25°C), and nights between 50-78° F (10-25°C). Avoid letting them get above 80° F (27°C). I recommend placing a minimum/maximum thermometer near the pots.
Until the seeds sprout, ensure that the surface soil always stays moist. A plastic dome or bag is good for maintaining moisture, but leave it open a crack to allow some fresh air in. You may need to drip a few drops of water over the seeds every day to keep the seeds moist.
A fluorescent or LED bulb kept 4 inches (10 cm) away provides the right amount of
light. Protect from direct sun.
Fertilizing -- For the first month, it's best to give a very dilute (1/8
strength) liquid fertilizer.
is perfect for young seedlings, since it is easily absorbed and complete.
After the first month, feed about every 2 months with a slow-release (pelleted or organic) fertilizer,
or feed monthly with a liquid fertilizer at half strength.
45-50% humidity is best. Indoors, if the humidity gets too low, consider using an ultrasonic room humidifier, which you can buy at
home improvement stores and thrift shops.
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