The Joys of Seed Germination and Home Gardening

Plants Oct 07, 2021
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Taking care of a lawn, yard, or garden is a task in itself. Not many have the green thumb for plants and flowers to thrive. However, when COVID-19 hit the world in late 2019, many have turned to gardening as a means to de-stress. It paved the way to greener homes as individuals seek comfort in seeing nature or just a bit of greenery just right at their balcony or windowsill. According to studies, being one with nature even for just a few minutes a day alleviates the sadness and restlessness that people feel.

Buying an already potted plant is one option to get started. It’s as easy as ordering online or going to your neighborhood’s plant shop and buying a flower, a cactus, or a plant to take care of. All you need to do is to provide water, put it in a well-ventilated area in your home, wherein sunlight is also present. However, if you are up for a bit of a challenge and want things to be more hands-on, perhaps you can give seed germination a go.

What is Seed Germination?

Germination is the formation of a plant from a seed. It begins with the water absorption of the seed. This seed can be from angiosperms or gymnosperms. Seed germination needs three things, mainly: water to wake up the seed, warmth (right temperature), and air.

How to get started?

If you opt to be a bit more hands-on, make sure that you keep the seeds of the fruits or vegetables that you eat. Mung beans, avocado, and bell peppers are some examples of foods you can eat to get you started with seed germination.

What to do?

Since avocado toasts are all the rage now, after eating an avocado, don’t throw out the seed. Wash it and peel its seed coat. Get a cup of water and submerge about half or a quarter of it in water. Use toothpicks to balance the seed from completely being submerged in water. Depending on how ripe your avocado was, an avocado seed can start germinating after about a week. You can then transfer it into a pot with soil once you start to see it shrink and roots are showing.

You get the best of worlds as you plant your own food, and you can help lessen your stress all while just being at home.


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