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Main Line Gardens
376 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2300

Seasonal Tip

Planting Seeds Indoors
July 09, 2010

Step 1. Select an appropriate work area and spread some newspapers or trash bags over the surface to make cleanup easy.

Step 2. Open the bag of seed starting mix and moisten it, if needed, so that it will form a ball in the palm of your hand.

Step 3. Fill the peat pots with the mix and gently firm it down to 1/4" below the rim of the pots.

Step 4. Read the instructions on the back of the seed packets for how to plant the seeds and follow them.

Step 5. Once you have planted all of the seeds, label the pots and place them back into the plastic flat.

Step 6. Using the mister bottle, heavily mist the planted pots until they are thoroughly wet.

Step 7. Cover the flat with the clear plastic dome and place it in a warm location away from direct sunlight.

Step 8. When the first seeds sprout, prop the dome lid open. When all of the seeds have sprouted, remove the dome lid and place the flat in a warm, sunny window that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight a day.

Step 9. Check on the seedlings each day to see if they need to be watered. Only water them when the soil looks and feels dry. Use a large tablespoon to water with so you do not wash the seedlings away. Plant roots need air to breathe too, so do not water when the soil is still moist or wet, as you will drown them.

Step 10. After the seedlings have grown three sets of leaves, they need to be nourished with a good houseplant fertilizer at the dilute constant feed rate.

Step 11. When the weather out-of-doors is at least sixty degrees you may place the flat outside in the shade to "harden off" the seedlings. Over a two-week period gradually move the tray to full sun.

Step 12. Carefully cut the peat pots apart with safety scissors and plant in well-prepared garden soil, planting "pot and all." Make sure the peat pot is completely covered with soil, otherwise the wind and sun will wick (draw up) the water out of it causing the seedling to dry up. Water thoroughly and as needed thereafter.

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Read about Main Line Gardens acquiring Waterloo Gardens!

Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.

Please note that Main Line Gardens is not able to honor Waterloo Gardens gift cards/certificates, item exchanges or returns, broken or damaged items, etc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.