A week after sowing we should begin to see our seedlings germinate.
Temperature has a big effect on germination times. At a warm 24C in the airing cupboard, it can be as quick as four to five days.
In a cold room or out in the greenhouse, germination could take as much as two weeks. If you have to wait longer than two weeks, there’s probably a problem and you’ll need to sow a new batch of seeds
The seedlings above are all dwarf varieties producing a nice stocky stem early in their growth. Little fear of them becoming leggy!
Next week we are going to give the seedlings a feed if growing in a Jiffy pellet. For those growing in rockwool and sponges they should be fed at every watering.
If you have Rootit First Feed then by all means use that. Otherwise stick to the “common stuff” and use Wilco’s liquid feed.
This will be given at 1ml per half litre and also reduce the pH of your tap water if necessary (see pH article).
To sum up
Nothing to do this week except wait for the seedlings to germinate and put them in a light position when they come through.