It’s time to sow our seed into a Jiffy pellet!
You will need the seed of a dwarf variety such as Minibel, and also a sowing medium such as a coir Jiffy pellet in which to sow.
Ideally, we should use water that is at the right pH to hydrate our Jiffy – we can do this with lemon juice – see this page.
Or we can just go for it and adjust the pH later!
After hydrating the Jiffy, sow the seed in the coir pellet just below the surface. Don’t sqeeze the jiffy because we need as much air to return between the coir particals as possible, as the coir dries slowly over the next week or two.
After 5 to 7 day our seedling should emerge and the jiffy placed in a light position. I’ve chosen to grow three and I’ll pick the best one later on.
Try to avoid over watering, because we want the roots to grow in search of water in order to develop a good root mass. Over watering tends to restrict root growth and makes seedlings leggy – in every type of media.
We will be feeding in a week or two with a balanced feed that includes micro nutrients.
A good value option is Wilco’s Liquid Plant Food. There are a number of similar feeds on the shelves at Wilco – make sure you get this one because it contains micro nutrients including Boron – important for seedlings.
This feed costs just £2.00 and we’ll be using a weaker strength than suggested on the container!
If you do not have a Wilco store handy, or would like to go the more professional route, this is the stuff to use for seedlings.
The Jiffy pellets should contain nutrients suitable for seedlings, but to be on the safe side, we’ll be adding a little extra in a week or two – just to be sure
Any question, please put them in the comments below or email me direct.
To Recap Week One
Sow your dwarf variety seed in a Jiffy (or other media) and read the article on pH and nutrient absorption.