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How To Water Your Seedsheet
how to tutorials | March 14, 2018

How To Water Your Seedsheet

One of the toughest parts of gardening is gauging how much water to give your plants. This is true of traditional gardening as well as gardening with a Seedsheet. Watering is one of the most critical factors in the success or failure of a garden. But never fear-- we’re here to make gardening ridiculously easy with these watering tips and tricks.

 

The first week to two week period of watering seeds is crucial to the germination process. Because there is only a thin layer of soil covering the seeds in a Seedsheet, it is very important that the initial watering is very gentle, so as not to disturb the seeds within the pods. Strong waterings can potentially result in seeds being washed out of the pod area and into the edges of the container where they will not germinate. Each Seedsheet comes with a green plastic watering nozzle, which can affix to any 1-liter plastic soda or water bottle with a standard screw-top. This watering nozzle will help to ensure that water is delivered in a gentle enough manner.


When watering your fresh Seedsheet pods, evenly spray each pod for about 15 seconds, then break for about 30 seconds, then water again for 15 seconds. Break and repeat this process until all of the pods have completely dissolved. The soil should appear completely saturated and the top and bottom film of the pod should have totally disappeared without displacing much of the soil covering the seeds. If a large amount of soil is displaced there is a potential that the seeds within the pod have been washed out as well, however, a small amount of soil displacement is normal.


Each subsequent daily watering should also be delivered with the same gentle, but thorough, touch. Here is a quick video on how to initially water the sheet so that you are not washing out the seeds:


During the germination process, it is extremely important that the soil surrounding the seeds remain moist. This moisture is like an “alarm bell” waking up the seeds to germinate. Some seed types are “lazy” and take longer than others to germinate and emerge above the soil surface. Be patient and these sprouts will come!

Check out the tutorial video below to see how to water your Seedsheet after the first watering to dissolving the pods:

 

On the flip side, if seeds sit in oversaturated soil for prolonged periods of time, they can rot and germination will not occur. The key to successful germination is appropriately damp soil which does not retain a large amount of water for more than an hour or two at most. Tips for avoiding overwatering:

  • Take note of any excess water pooling underneath your garden into the saucer, plate, or tray underneath.  If this occurs, remove the excess water and rein back on the quantity or frequency of watering. Standing water underneath your garden over a prolonged period of time can bring on the possibility of mold or algae development, which can ultimately result in poor germination or plant growth and development.
  • Don’t be afraid to touch-test your soil for moisture content. Soil should feel damp, not muddy or powdery.

While Seedsheets make gardening ridiculously easy, every gardener from Maine to Hawaii has a unique environment with different external factors that influence the growth process in different ways. This means that we can only give general instructions for the recommended water quantity and frequency. For instance, in places like the desert of Arizona (where humidity is very low), soil will dry out faster, so more water may be necessary than what is recommended in the instructions below. On the other hand, in places with a much more humid climate (like the glades of Florida), you may have to water a bit less frequently and/or with less quantity, than the instructions below indicate.

 

Watering Quantities for Container Balcony Gardens:

Generally, for the first three weeks, we recommend applying about ½ of a liter of water daily. For the following three weeks, increasing water to ⅔ of a liter per day. Beyond the first six weeks, the plants will require an increase to 1 full liter of water per day. If rainfall occurs, the soil should be checked and watered if necessary. However, if the temperatures hover in the 80s and above, increased water quantity and/or frequency is recommended. Twice daily watering may be necessary; once in the morning before the sun becomes intense, then checking again in the late afternoon once the sun’s intensity has subsided (after 5 pm).

 

Watering Quantities for Mini Sheets:

Typically, for the first month, we recommend using about ¼ to ⅓ of a liter of water daily. After the first month, the plants will need an increase of water to about ½ liter per day. Be aware that soil will dry out faster on days when the air is dry and the temperatures are high. We recommend watering each morning with the above amounts, then checking on the garden in the evening to ensure the soil has not dried out since the morning watering. If the soil is very dry and powdery, a second evening watering is recommended. As foliage matures, the garden will require increasing amounts of water and/or increasing frequency of watering.

 

Watering young seedlings must be done so delicately to avoid crushing them with the weight of a strong watering. To avoid damaging the seedlings, water using the green watering nozzle, at an angle, towards the base of the seedlings at the soil surface. Avoid watering from directly overhead.

 Our Customer Support Team is standing by if you ever have any questions about caring for your Seedsheet garden.

 

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36 Comments

The Seedsheet Team

at 4:12pm

Hi Dana! Our sheets can be grown inside during the winter, however, they do need at least 8 hours of direct sunlight in order to flourish. If you don’t think that you will be able to provide the adequate amount of natural sunlight, you could also use a grow light to supplement the lack of natural light. Lastly, you can always wait until the weather gets a bit warmer and then plant outside. Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.

Happy Gardening!
The Seedsheet Team

Dana

at 4:12pm

I want to grow these indoors during the winter. Do I have to put these out doors?

The Seedsheet Team

at 11:07am

Rosalie,
I would definitely suggest that you move your sheet outside at this point to an area that receives 8-10 hours of good direct sunlight per day. Our rule of thumb is that, once one of the plants reaches 1 inch in height, then you should move the sheet outside. If the plants are left inside for too long without direct sunlight, they will start to get long and stringy, which will impact the overall performance of the plants. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Gardening!

Rosalie

at 11:07am

My planting is a week old. The spriuts are very delicate and one of them have not sprouted yet; should I put the container outside?

The Seedsheet Team

at 10:07pm

Hi Melinda,
It is no problem that you don’t have your packaging anymore; we’ve got your back. We have a tutorial video that shows you the proper way to harvest basil for sustained growth and continuous harvesting (see, “HOW TO HARVEST AND STORE BASIL”). This should help you identify which of your plants are basil, as they have pretty distinct leaves. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Harvesting!

The Seedsheet Team

at 9:07pm

Paula,
It sounds like you are doing the right thing. In Florida, you will definitely want to water twice a day, at this point in the summer. Water once in the morning before the sun gets too intense and then once in the afternoon once the sun has gone down a bit. Keep those babies watered and they will pay you back with some deliciously fresh tasting herbs. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Growing!

The Seedsheet Team

at 1:07pm

Hi Colleen,
Once all your seeds have sprouted we definitely recommend moving those babies outside to an area that gets 10-12 hours of sunlight per day (8 hours at the very least). Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Gardening!

The Seedsheet Team

at 12:07pm

Linda,
Using a grow light is definitely fine. However, the seeds shouldn’t need light in order to sprout, but if you wanted to turn it on once they do start sprouting and then when all have sprouted move it outside, that would work. When the seeds are first sprouting, we recommend leaving the light on for 12 hours and 12 hours off. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Growing!

Ellen Hahn

at 10:07pm

I purchased 2 Herb Gardens—one for my daughter-in-law and one for me. I took the kits and a bag of soil to her house and we had a planting party 2 days ago. We’re waiting anxiously for the 1st sprouts to appear. It’s a fun project to share with someone else!

Melinda

at 9:07pm

Hello. It is time to thin my basil in my herb kit. Unfortunately I can not locate the original packaging that would shoe it’s location in the pot. How do I figure out which plant is the basil?
Thanks!

The Seedsheet Team

at 3:07pm

Hi Brynne,
I would say that this situation is definitely not ideal. With our product being so different from traditional gardening, the germination period leaves the seeds very susceptible to being washed away. We typically recommend starting your sheet inside for this very reason, and then when the seeds start to sprout, you can move them outside and at that point they are a little more durable. That all being said, torrential downpours are never ideal (no matter the state of maturity your plants are), so if you can anticipate and cover your plants before heavy rain, that would be best. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Gardening!

The Seedsheet Team

at 2:07pm

Hi Paula,
Since our different varieties of sheets have different varieties of plants types, they also have various germination times. Our salad sheet for instance has the quickest germination time, versus the caprese sheet, which takes about the longest. Most of the plant types in the salad sheet will germ within a few days of plants, whereas the caprese sheet can take up to two weeks before you see any sprouts. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Growing!

The Seedsheet Team

at 2:07pm

Hi Linda,
Good question. Having your sheet outside when it is raining (not torrential), is normally fine. However, if it is continual rain over the course of two, three or four days, your plants can definitely suffer and even drown. In these cases, if you can put them under an overhang of some sort to block them from the rain, or even bring them inside for a day or two and set them by a window, that would be best. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Gardening!

The Seedsheet Team

at 11:07am

Hi Chris,
We suggest that once about half of the seeds have germinated you move the container outside. We recommend keeping the container inside until them, because when the seeds have yet to sprout, they are very susceptible to animal invaders. After the initial week or so they will need more sunlight than can be provided by an indoor setting. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Gardening!

The Seedsheet Team

at 11:07am

Hi Maridel,
We have many blog posts on thinning different varieties of plants, but all of the videos that we have on thinning the varieties of plants that we offer are on our youtube page. Here is a link to our page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwc8RPzt-bPoLIqHQP5Q7AA/videos. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Gardening!

paula fuller

at 9:07pm

3 are now sprouting after 5 days, I’m watering every day and have put the plants outside on my patio. Here in Florida it is very hot & humid, I hope they like that. I have the herb seedsheet.

The Seedsheet Team

at 3:07pm

Hi Claire,

Sounds like you are doing the right thing. It can be tough keeping things alive in conditions like that. However, I would suggest that you follow along with the suggested planting times on the packaging. Where you are, you actually will have two planting seasons; one, from the beginning of march to the end of May and the second is, the beginning of September to the end of November. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Growing!

The Seedsheet Team

at 10:07am

Paula,
It would depend on what variety of sheet that you have because certain plants are really quick to germinate, while others can take up to two weeks. In our Salad and Taco varieties, you should start to see sprouts within 3-4 days, which are the quickest to germ. The slowest to germ are some of the herbs like parsley and some of the basil varieties, and then also the fruiting vegetables like tomatoes and peppers. Like I said these can take up to two weeks before they start to sprout. Make sure you are keeping the soil moist throughout the germination process because the seeds need to be in constant contact with water in order to germinate. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Happy Gardening!

The Seedsheet Team

at 10:07am

That’s awesome to hear Wolfgang! Keep up the good work and I am sure that the rest won’t be too far behind!

Happy Gardening!

Wolfgang Schulz

at 10:07am

2 of the 6 started to sprout

paula fuller

at 10:07am

It has been 2 days, when should I see sprouts. I also have them inside for now.

Colleen

at 1:07pm

All of our seeds have sprouted. Should we move it outside into the sun now?

Linda

at 12:07pm

Is it ok to put a grow light on my seeds to get them started faster? If so, how long each day?

Brynne

at 3:07pm

Hi,
I planted my seed sheet and the very next two days have poured torrential rains on and off ☹️ Will the overwatering ruin the
Germination process??

Paula

at 2:07pm

My salad sheet is sprouting in about 3 or 4 of the pods, but my Caprese?…nada! Wondering if basil and tomatoes take longer to sprout?

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