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Our Garden Expert On The Proper Way To Water Seedlings
Seedlings need consistent watering as they won't survive long in soil that's too wet or dry. They grow best in a moisture-retaining medium, like a store-bought seed starting mix.
With the right watering routine, these blends retain moisture without letting the roots get too wet. Aim to water enough that your soil is about as moist as a wrung-out sponge.
The key to knowing how often to water your seedlings is to observe how quickly the soil dries out. Ensure their container has good drainage and keep soil conditions consistent.
It's easier to control the soil conditions of indoor seedlings as you can control the temperature, humidity, light, and water. Your goal is to keep the soil moist but not wet.
Check seedlings grown in a greenhouse every day, as they can dry out in hot weather. Monitor the temperature with a thermometer and provide ventilation if it exceeds 60 degrees F.
Water outdoor seedlings in open containers whenever the soil surface is dry. Water seedlings in the ground when the soil is dry one inch below the surface unless they're wilting.