Number Of Seeds Per Hole: How Many Seeds Should I Plant In A Pot

By: Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

The age-old question from beginning gardeners is often howmany seeds should I plant per hole or per container. There is no standardanswer. Read on to learnmore.

How Many Seeds Per Hole?

The size and age of the seeds to be planted figure into theequation. So does the expected germination rate for each type of seed. To learnthe expected germination rate for each type of seed, it is normally found inthe informationon the back of the seed packet, or you may search the online.

Age of the seed is a factor too. We expect seeds to be freshwhen packaged, but after that our only indication of their true age is the expirationdate on the packaging. Some seeds continue to be viable past the date whenthey expire.

Perhaps we have seeds left from last year’s plantings. Theseseeds will possibly still sprout. These are situations where we will increasethe number of seeds per hole. Some gardeners always plant at least two to threeseeds per hole, just in case.

Number of Seeds Per Hole When Planting

Depending on the rate of germination and how fresh tinyseeds might be, plant two or three per hole. Some herbs and floweringornamentals grow from tiny seeds. Often, all seeds will sprout, but this is nota problem with these plants. You may leave them all to grow together. If allseedlings that sprout are not top quality, snip them off at the soil lineinstead of pulling, leaving the best seedling in place.

When planting medium sized seeds that may be old, make theholes slightly bigger if you’re planting two or three. Don’t exceed three seedsper hole. If more than one germinates, snip off extras at the soil line also.This prevents disturbance of the seedling roots on the one you’ll continuegrowing out when thinning.

Don’t add more than one large seed to a hole. If you’reattempting a specific number of plants or just want a fuller pot, plant thelarge seeds closer together. You can snip or pull out those that are too close.Remember, seedlings need good airflow around them to avoid damping off.

Other Factors That Affect Seed Planting Numbers

Some seeds have a thick outer shell. These sprout morereadily if soakedovernight or nickedwith a sharp tool. Plant these afterward, according to size.

Some seeds need light to germinate. If this is the case withthe seeds you’re planting, don’t allow extra seeds in the hole to block othersfrom getting light. You may cover seeds with a light layer of perlite or coarsesand to let the light through.

Growing plants from seed is the best way to get unusualvarieties. It is less expensive than buying all your plants. Now that you’velearned the basics of how many seeds per hole to plant, you’re one step closer towardsuccessfully growing your plants from seed.

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