Common Seed Starting Problems And How To Fix Them

Having a family our size, and trying to eat high-quality, nutrient-dense food means we need to grow a large percentage of our own food. It’s just too cost prohibitive to buy this kind of food from the grocery store all year (and truth be told, we can’t get as good of quality as we can grow ourselves anyway).

One of the main components of our gardening is indoor seed starting. Knowing which seeds are best and starting seeds indoors, is essential if we want to harvest any warmer climate plants, such as tomatoes and peppers, especially in our short growing season.

However, what should you do if your seedlings appear ill and unhealthy? In this post, we’ll discuss common seed starting issues and how to resolve them.

Sterilized seed starting mix is what you purchase. While a lot of gardeners advise starting seeds in a sterile environment, we believe that using a premium compost and garden soil mixture is better for the seeds because any beneficial microorganisms will help shield the small seedlings.

How to Troubleshoot Seed Start?

When troubleshooting your indoor seed starting problems, we have to go back to the basics:

Light

Soil

Water

Possible disease or pests

Potting Up Seedlings

Your seedlings may be ready for potting up if they appear to be having trouble. If you put off potting your plants for too long, your seedlings may become rootbound, which is another common issue with seed starting.

I took exact action to preserve our tomatoes—potting up. Having the extra room to add more soil was the solution to my seed starting dilemma because they needed an extra boost of nutrients from our high-quality homemade compost.

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