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Steps for Starting Seeds at Home in Grow Trays

Steps for Starting Seeds at Home

Disclaimer: After hours & hours studying all the plant experts and much personal experience, I have realized there are NO OFFICIAL STEPS for starting your seeds at home! I’m simply going to share the way to start seeds that has repeatedly worked best for me. I use grow trays with domes & a plant heat mat.

One of the best ways to ensure that your plants have a healthy beginning is by germinating seeds in grow trays with domes. This method is especially useful for my favorite kind of gardening– hydroponic gardening!  Hydroponics is a soil-less growing technique that relies on nutrient-rich water instead.

First, let’s talk about grow trays. These trays are often made of plastic and come in various sizes. They’re designed to hold soil or hydroponic growing media and are perfect for starting seedlings. One of the benefits of using grow trays is that they allow you to start multiple plants at once, making the most of the available space. I like the reusable, 12-space grow trays because they are easier to manipulate.

Now, let’s talk about domes. Domes are plastic covers that fit over the top of your grow trays. They’re designed to create a humid environment, which is perfect for seed germination. The humid environment helps to retain moisture and warmth, which encourages the seeds to sprout. Placing the grow tray with moist seeding media and seeds on a plant heat mat speeds up the germination process.

Subscribe to my Hydro4Food Newsletter & I’ll send you a link for a downloadable FREE guide, “Steps for Starting Seeds at Home.” Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, give grow trays and domes a try. Your plants will thank you for it!

Get Growing with Grow Trays! This video shows you how!

Starting Plants in Hydro Tanks

SAVE $$$ BY STARTING SEEDS & SEEDLINGS IN YOUR HYDRO TANK! If you have a hydroponic system, then you have a perfect money maker! Hydroponic tanks are a great tool for germinating seeds and encouraging seedling formation.

While I have started many seeds in my grow trays & DWC tanks, my favorite seeds to watch grow are loofah seeds. They are just incredibly gratifying to watch grow.

The picture to the left shows loofah seeds that were started just four days ago! Once they are placed in a hydro tank under a grow light they almost explode in growth!

I planted two loofah seeds & this is the crop of seeds!

Loofahs are edible. This immature loofah gourd is the right size for eating in stir fry. You can also eat the flowers and the leaves.

The mature loofah gourd is really a cool tool! It can be used as a dish scrubber. I haven’t used a dishcloth for years!

But wait, there are MORE uses for dried loofah!

  • Scrubbing grills, ovens, & car wheels
  • Organic cleaner in gardens
  • Skin exfoliator
  • Media for planting seeds
  • Supports starting plants in raised beds & gardens
  • And, so on…

Basically, whenever you would use a rag or sponge or scrubber, you can use a loofah instead. When you’re finished, it is repurposed