Seeding & Organic Fertilizer

When you start seeds indoors, the tender seedlings are dependent on you for all their needs and this includes getting fed. Some gardeners think their seedlings will grow faster if they give them fertilizer right away. Those tender, tiny plants you started from seed may look helpless, but they don’t need anything other than water, warmth, and light, for their first few weeks. They are capable of feeding themselves, up to a point.

When to Start Feeding

When your seedlings develop their first set of true leaves, it’s time to give them some fertilizer.

When seedlings first poke out of the ground, they are still feeding off the food stored in the seed. The first couple of leaves that form are not leaves at all. They are called cotyledons or seed leaves. They are part of the seed or embryo of the plant. Cotyledons contain the remainder of the stored food reserves of the seed and keep the seedling fed until the true leaves sprout and the plant can begin photosynthesis. Usually, the cotyledons disappear shortly after the true leaves appear and begin photosynthesizing. It is at this point that the seedling could use a little boost of fertilizer.

Adding Organic  Fertilizer

Before you reach for the plant food, make sure you haven’t used a potting soil that already has fertilizer in it. Some do, some don’t. If the potting mix has fertilizer in it, you shouldn’t need to

When to Start Feeding

When your seedlings develop their first set of true leaves, it’s time to give them some fertilizer.