How to calculate when to plant seeds for seedlings

By Andrii MaistrenkoApr 5, 2024 08:30 AMGarden
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How to calculate when to plant seeds for seedlings
How to calculate when to plant seeds for seedlings. Source: www.almanac.com

Usually, housewives buy seeds in the winter in preparation for the sowing season. Many people are concerned about when to sow for seedlings to get a bountiful harvest. This was reported by SSPDaily.

Most flowering crops, radishes, beets, carrots, and turnips can be sown for seedlings in early February. And if you plant heat-loving vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, cabbage, and gourds at this time, the seedlings will outgrow and get used to greenhouse conditions. In the open field, they will feel unwell, get sick, and give birth poorly.

In such cases, gardeners often complain about the quality of the seeds, but in fact, it's the wrong sowing time.

To prevent this from happening, seed producers provide information on seed packages about the timing of seed germination, the age of seedlings before planting in open ground, etc. This information should be used to calculate the sowing dates.

How to calculate when to sow seeds for seedlings

Experts offer the following universal formula for sowing seeds for seedlings: D = A + B + C, where:

  • D is the number of days from sowing seeds for seedlings to planting seedlings in the ground.
  • A is the number of days from sowing seeds to germination.
  • B is the number of days from germination to seedling picking.
  • C - the number of days before planting seedlings in open ground (in a greenhouse).

The calculation using this formula will help to more accurately calculate the sowing time, because in different regions the soil can warm up differently, and seedlings appear at different times.

For example, in the steppe and forest-steppe, the soil warms up 1.5-2 weeks earlier than in Polissya. In the northern regions, given the colder winters and later soil warming, the date of sowing seeds should be moved forward. For example, early tomatoes should be sown in the steppe at the end of February, in Polissya on March 5-20, and in the forest-steppe on March 1-15. Early white cabbage and cauliflower in the steppe can be planted as early as January 20-30, in the forest-steppe - January 20-February 10, and in Polissya - in February and until March 15.

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