posted on Feb, 6 2009 @ 07:04 PM
I am a gardener, or to put it more professionally, a horticulturist, I am well prepared to tell you of your mistakes. It is in fact very complicated
to grow plants from seed.
1. Not all plants need the same amount of moisture and light to thrive. Some need a lot of light and moisture, some need very little, some need a
combination of the two. Some need to be incubated in cold (refrigerated) to germinate, some need to be left alone.
You should read the instructions of the seeds you are trying to germinate very carefully. Sowing at different parts of the year and in different
seasons is important. Most spring growing plants require a period of low temperatures to germinate properly. Summer plants prefer a period of
drought. Make sure you check carefully the specific growing conditions of the seeds.
If growing in pots/containers, the plants you intend to grow will almost always need different growing environments. Pot plants dry out quicker than
other plants, so almost always they will need watering more frequently. Also pots have less soil-rich minerals, you will need to feed them more often
then garden grown plants.
If your plants are drooping from seedlings then there are almost always two causes, too much water or too little. Experiment with your seedlings.
Divide them into three, water one normally, one less often, one more often, you will soon see if watering habits have to do with "crop failure". If
you see this you can adjust your watering to what your plants need to survive. Remember, too much water is often as bad as too little to new
Make sure you pot new seeds or plants in the right kind of compost, potting new seeds in mature plant compost is like overloading a diabetic with
sugar, they will have so much nutrient that they will overdose and die.
I hope this helps. With a bit of trial and error, you should be able to get a good balance going with your plants.
[edit on 6/2/09 by AngelInterceptor]