How can you identify seedlings without mistaking them for weeds? Even for the most seasoned gardeners, this can sometimes be tricky. Learning to identify veggie seedlings is vital for your garden. Click here for some tips and tricks that can help. The team from Crop King Seeds gives us this guide to growing marijuana during the vulnerable seedling stage. Turns out it's just a little bit different that a grown plant. Let Weed Man Lawn Care strengthen your lawn! Our high quality grass seed will help replenish bare or damaged areas. Learn more about Weed Man’s Overseeding service here.
Sprout Identification Guide: How To Tell Seedlings From Weeds
How can you identify seedlings and not mistake them for weeds? This is tricky, even for the most seasoned gardeners. If you don’t know the difference between a weed and a radish sprout, you could destroy your vegetable bed before you have a chance at a harvest. You can learn to identify veggie seedlings, but there are some other tricks that can help as well.
Importance of Sprout Identification
When planning a vegetable bed, you may decide to start from seeds directly in the garden. There are benefits to this, and it eliminates the step of moving transplants from indoors. One issue comes up though – how can you identify seedlings from little veggie sprouts?
Make the wrong identification and you’ll pluck what you think is a weed only to find you pulled out your vegetable seedlings. When plants are at the seedling stage, they look quite different from their mature stage. To avoid ruining your beds before you have barely started, you need to get good at identifying seedlings.
Is it a Seedling or a Weed?
Knowing how to tell seedlings from weeds is a great skill to have as a gardener. You’ll find plenty of resources online to help you make this identification. These include pictures of vegetable seedlings as well as those of common weeds, allowing you to simply check what you have and only pull weed seedlings. Until you get to know your seedlings better, here are some tricks and tips that will help make the task easier:
Sow your seeds in a very straight row and use markers at the beginning and end of the row so you know where seedlings should be when they start to grow.
Tips For Growing Marijuana In The Seedling Stage
The team from Crop King Seeds gives us this guide to growing marijuana during the vulnerable seedling stage.
Your Cannabis plants will never be as vulnerable as they are in their seedling stage. Seedlings are prone to damage and disease than they are at any other stage in the plant’s life cycle. That’s why taking special care at this point in the growing process is a must.
While these warnings may sound dire, the truth is that while caring for cannabis seedlings is extremely important, it isn’t terribly difficult to do if you know what to look out for. This article is meant to serve as a beginner’s guide to caring for seedling cannabis.
These three basic steps should be enough to get you started:
1. Pots and Mediums for Cannabis
It’s important to choose the right container and growing medium for your seedling plants. Soil has always been a popular choice to germinate marijuana because it’s the simplest and most familiar medium.
Before you choose, you also have to take into account whether you’re using autoflowering seeds, or feminized seeds:
A Pot For Autoflowering Cannabis Seeds
When you choose to go with autoflowering seeds, you need whatever pot you choose to be able to accommodate the full grown plant. By choosing the right pot for your autoflowering seeds at this point, you will begin to see substantial growth within the first three weeks of your seedlings’ lives.
Regardless of the strain you use or what growing method you choose, the size of your pot should be between 1-5 liters. In this case, size does matter as the pot has a huge impact on the size of your weed plant, how often you need to water it, and most of all, its overall yield. We suggest choosing airpots, since they will offer the roots of your seedlings more oxygen than a standard pot might. The result of more oxygen is a healthier plant that will producer more buds.
Pots For Feminized Cannabis Seeds
Starting pots for feminized seeds to not need to be full sized, as it is extremely easy to transplant feminized seedlings from pot to pot.
2. Environmental Conditions for Growing Marijuana
Cannabis seedlings are delicate when it comes to their needs for growth. The environment they’re growing in should be fairly specific:
Cannabis Grow Room Lighting
Though seedlings are just small cannabis plants, they already need a specific type of light in order to flourish. The good news is that they don’t need the same intensity of light that their fully grown counterparts do, and a simple CFL light in the blue light spectrum should do just fine.
Watering the seedlings is where many first time growers experience their first real issues. It’s easy to over-water, so that’s something that needs to be very closely monitored during the seedlings stage.
3. Nutrients for a Cannabis Seedling
A cannabis plant will not grow to produce a potent bud without the help of right set of nutrients. Seedlings, however, do quite well in producing their own nutrients without interference. However, as your plant grows, it will slowly begin to require more than simple soil can provide.
Though you may be tempted to feed your seedlings anyway, Overfeeding is a pitfall that can easily end your plant’s lift prematurely. Some well meaning nutrient supplements could easily poison the seedling.
Crop King Seeds provides a large selection of both feminized and autoflowing seeds.
Achieve a lush, green lawn with Weed Man’s overseeding service
Even with careful maintenance, it is inevitable that as your lawn matures, the grass will start to thin out. You can overcome this, however, with overseeding.
What is overseeding?
Overseeding is exactly what the name suggests: spreading grass seed overtop of the lawn. Overseeding allows homeowners to rejuvenate their already-existing lawn, rather than starting over with new sod.
If you are unsure whether your lawn needs overseeding or resodding, visit our blog post here .
How does overseeding work?
The process of overseeding varies depending on the type of grass being seeded, as well as the climate.
For cool season grasses , the best time to overseed is late summer to early fall. For warm season grasses , it is best to overseed in late spring, before the lawn begins the height of its growth period. Note that soil temperatures must be above 55 degrees Fahrenheit (or around 12 degrees Celsius) in order for the seed to germinate.
No matter the type of grass, there are some general rules that should be followed when overseeding.
It is important to mow your lawn before seeding so that the seeds embed in the soil, rather than sit on top of the lawn. We also recommend raking the soil to remove thatch and allow the seeds to reach the soil with ease.
Your Weed Man Lawn Care professional will then use a lawn spreader to overseed the right amount for your lawn with high quality product.
How do I maintain my lawn after overseeding?
Watering is the most important component for your seed to germinate. Seeds will require up to 4 weeks of daily watering to ensure that they stay moist. After Overseeding, water your lawn daily for 15 to 20 minutes in order to keep the seed moist. This is especially important if there is no supplemental water from natural rainfall.
It can also be beneficial to combine overseeding with mechanical core aeration , which will ensure that the seed makes contact with the soil.
Your local Weed Man Lawn Care professional can help you determine where and when your lawn could benefit from overseeding.