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Angelica

Angelica, Herb (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Angelica archangelica. “Angelica archangelica, commonly known as garden angelica, Holy Ghost, wild celery, and Norwegian angelica, is a biennial plant from the Apiaceae family, a subspecies of which is cultivated for its sweetly scented edible stems and roots.” – source/wiki “Angelica archangelica roots have been used in the traditional Austrian medicine internally as tea or tincture for treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, nervous system, and also against fever, infections, and flu.” – source/wiki

Arugula – Roquette

Arugula Roquette 100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO Latin | Eruca vesicaria sativa Family | Eruca / Mustard Difficulty | Easy Days to Harvest | 25-40 Hardiness | Frost hardy Grow Zone | Can be grown in all zones Light Requirements | Full sun/part shade Sowing Method | Direct sow/ start indoors Season | Cooler months Plant Height/Width | Arugula can usually be harvested as early as 4 weeks after planting. The leaves of the Arugula plant add a tangy/peppery flavor to any meal. This variety of Arugula is an “easy-to-grow” green. Plant in the spring, and again in the fall. Arugula is one of the easiest leafy greens you can grow. Arugula is very rich in vitamin C and potassium. It’s been referred to as an aphrodisiac, and used commonly as a “leaf vegetable”. The young seed pods, flowers, leaves and mature seeds are all edible.Arugula has been acknowledged by the American Cancer Society because of it’s anticancer compounds and all of the antioxidants that it possesses. Arugula Seed Planting & Spacing Guide Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Days to Germinate (Sprout) Germination Soil Temp Best Season to Plant_________ Sun Requirement Soil Requirements 0.5 inches deep 6″ apart 4 – 7 days 40F to 55F Late fall and early spring. Full sun / partial shade Prefers soil with pH levels of 6.0 – 7.0. Soil should be kept evenly moist. How to Plant, Grow & Harvest Arugula(click here for more detailed growing instructions) Follow SeedsNow.com’s board Arugula on Pinterest.

Basil – Cinnamon

Basil, Cinnamon (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) By far the most popular variety and possibly one of the most fragrant, this basil grows easily. It’s aroma’s will remind you of sweet cinnamon and it is popular for use in hot drinks and paired with fresh fruit. Quick Tip Planting Guide: Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Days to Germinate (Sprout) GerminationSoil Temp Planting Season Plant Height Plant Width No. of Plants per sq. ft. 0.25 inches deep 2″-8″ apart 5-10 days 65-85 degrees after last frost Up to 3 feet tall Up to 3 feet wide 1-2 What is Cinnamon Basil? Very easy to grow, and found in many home gardens, this sweet basil is exotic and has dark green leaves with purplish-red stems and purple blooms. It’s spicy and has a cinnamon-like taste and scent. If you like making homemade potpourris or dried flower arrangements try adding some cinnamon basil! Some gardeners grow this variety of basil to help repel certain pests like aphids and mites in their gardens. Health Benefits of Cinnamon Basil Cinnamon basil is a must have, medicinal herb. It offers anti-inflammatory benefits and can relieve symptoms of arthritis! If you suffer from allergies, diabetes, colds, the flu, or infertility, some would swear by the benefits of consuming cinnamon basil and how it’s improved their health. It is even used in the treatment of some cancers. It naturally boosts your immune system and is a known anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Are you growing this yet. because you should be! Ways to Consume Cinnamon Basil Use this exotic and fragrant basil in any recipe that calls for basil. The sweet flavor is great when paired with other fruity herbs. Pick the leaves when small and tender and use them in your favorite recipes or put them in bottles of olive oil to make cinnamon flavored oil. Cinnamon basil pairs harmoniously with apple pie filling, apple sauce, pork or ham dishes. Add frozen basil leaves to soups or sauces. Cinnamon basil can also be used to make refreshing teas, hot or cold! See Basil Recipes & Growing Tips on our Pinterest Board Follow SeedsNow.com’s board Basil on Pinterest.

Basil – Dark Opal Purple

Basil, Dark Opal Purple (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) A 1962 All-America Selections Winner! This annual basil plant produces extremely fragrant dark purple leaves. It can be used as a garnish or to make flavored vinegars. This basil drys excellently and is very easy to grow. Gardening in a small space or wanting to use a container? This variety grows great in them! Quick Tip Planting Guide: Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Days to Germinate (Sprout) GerminationSoil Temp Planting Season Plant Height Plant Width No. of Plants per sq. ft. 0.25 inches deep 12″-18″ apart 14-21 days 65-85 degrees after last frost Up to 3 feet tall Up to 3 feet wide 1-2 What is Dark Opal Purple Basil? This sweet and very popular variety of basil has gorgeous purple-black glossy foliage and a delicious aroma. It’s eye catching and a beautiful, colorful garden plant. This basil produces small to medium sized, tender leaves. It is slow to bolt and grows at a steady pace. The dark purple has a green metallic undertone or sheen and in bright light it can appear flat and open. Health Benefits of Dark Opal Purple Basil Dark Opal Purple Basil has a variety of medicinal benefits and has been known to improve digestive functions, treat acne and insect bites, improve nausea, and work as a sedative for muscle spasms and cramps. Ways to Consume Dark Opal Purple Basil Like many basil varieties, Dark Opal Purple Basil has a degree of licorice flavor, and it is used in the culinary world as an attractive garnish with good flavor. Use this herb fresh or dried and even frozen. It works wonderfully in salads and on sandwiches. The uses for this herb are endless and everyone should take advantage of this fresh and spicy leaf. See Basil Recipes & Growing Tips on our Pinterest Board Follow SeedsNow.com’s board Basil on Pinterest.

Basil – Genovese

Basil, Genovese (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Genovese Basil is a classic! It’s prized for being sweet with undertones of a spicy flavor. You can’t beat it’s aroma. These plants grow anywhere from 18″-24″ inches and is the variety of choice for making pesto and adding to pizzas. Quick Tip Planting Guide: Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Days to Germinate (Sprout) GerminationSoil Temp Planting Season Plant Height Plant Width No. of Plants per sq. ft. 0.25 inches deep 10″-12″ apart 14-21 days 65-85 degrees after last frost Up to 3 feet tall Up to 3 feet wide 1 What is Genovese Basil? The most commonly used basil variety for making pesto, you can harvest these leaves as soon as they are large enough to consume. Genovese basil is also known as “Sweet Basil” and a common ingredient to all Italian dishes. The leaves are spoon shaped, glossy and a dark green shade. It grows best in organic-rich and well drained soil and is an easy to grow annual herb that thrives in areas that remain above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Health Benefits of Genovese Basil Genovese basil is a known health tonic for expecting mothers and when mixed with tea it increases lactation in mothers. It is also a nerve tonic and young children are sometimes encouraged to chew on the leaves of basil because it stimulates brain cells and can increase memory. Ways to Consume Genovese Basil The most popular use is in italian dishes and sauces, especially in genovese sauce and pesto. Genovese Basil goes great in caprese salads and on raw tomatoes for a light, healthy “summery” treat. Mix basil leaves with olive oil and freeze in ice-cube trays for flavored oils when cooking. See Basil Recipes & Growing Tips on our Pinterest Board Follow SeedsNow.com’s board Basil on Pinterest.

Basil – Greek

Basil, Greek (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Ocimum basilicum. Annual plant. Produces fragrant small green basil leaves with white flowers. Excellent as a garnish or seasoning. Greek basil is preferred by most culinary chefs. Can be grown indoors in containers. Very easy to grow. Extremely flavorful. Quick Tip Planting Guide: Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Days to Germinate (Sprout) GerminationSoil Temp Planting Season Plant Height Plant Width No. of Plants per sq. ft. 0.25 inches deep 10″-12″ apart 14-21 days 65-85 degrees after last frost Up to 3 feet tall Up to 3 feet wide 1 Health Benefits of Genovese Basil Basil is a known health tonic for expecting mothers and when mixed with tea it increases lactation in mothers. It is also a nerve tonic and young children are sometimes encouraged to chew on the leaves of basil because it stimulates brain cells and can increase memory. See Basil Recipes & Growing Tips on our Pinterest Board Follow SeedsNow.com’s board Basil on Pinterest.

Basil – Herb Mix

Basil, Herb Mix (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO Enjoy some of our most popular varieties of Basil Herbs. This is a special blend of basil varieties we carry, sure to be a show stopper! You’ll enjoy a wide variety of Basil plants with great flavors! Very easy to grow and extremely popular for those that can’t decide on which variety to try in their own garden! Best Seller! Want more? View our entire collection of gourmet culinary & medicinal herb varieties. See Basil Recipes & Growing Tips on our Pinterest Board: Follow SeedsNow.com’s board Basil on Pinterest.

Basil – Italian Large Leaf

Basil, Italian Large Leaf (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) The Italian Large Leaf Basil plant will produce medium to large leaves that can measure up to 4″ long! It is of heriloom variety and is extremely fragrant and used widely in the culinary industry. If you’re a lover of basil, this would be a good variety to plant in your garden. Quick Tip Planting Guide: Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Days to Germinate (Sprout) GerminationSoil Temp Planting Season Plant Height Plant Width No. of Plants per sq. ft. 0.25 inches deep 2″-8″ apart 5-10 days 75-90 degrees after last frost Up to 3 feet tall Up to 3 feet wide 1-2 What is Italian Large Leaf Basil? Italian Large Leaf Basil is an annual plant that will produce edible and fragrant leaves, flowers, and continue to put off a few more leaves through the process of ending it’s life cycle. This basil grows well in “filtered light” (meaning near a bright window or under a tree), and it grows best in 50-90 degree weather. Warm, but not too warm. Health Benefits of Italian Large Leaf Basil Italian Large Leaf Basil has anti-bacterial properties and anti-inflammatory effects. It’s been known to help people with inflammatory health problems like arthritis or IBS. Basil also contains properties that mimic food preservatives so it makes good sense to try and include more basil into the foods you prepare at home. Basil will help naturally preserve them so they’ll be safer, longer. Basil also contains all the good stuff needed for better cardiovascular health. Ways to Consume Large Leaf Italian Basil Use this variety of basil in your favorite Neapolitan cuisine dishes! Use the extra large leaves, fresh or dried, in tomato dishes, pasta sauces, vegetable dishes and soups. See Basil Recipes & Growing Tips on our Pinterest Board Follow SeedsNow.com’s board Basil on Pinterest.

Basil – Leaf Lettuce

Basil, Leaf Lettuce (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Ocimum basilicum. Annual plant. Produces very flavorful and tender basil leaves. Used in many different types of dishes. Leaves can be used dried, fresh, or frozen. 85 days to mature. Can be grown indoors in containers. Very easy to grow. Extremely flavorful. Quick Tip Planting Guide: Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Days to Germinate (Sprout) GerminationSoil Temp Planting Season Plant Height Plant Width No. of Plants per sq. ft. 0.25 inches deep 10″-12″ apart 14-21 days 65-85 degrees after last frost Up to 3 feet tall Up to 3 feet wide 1 Health Benefits of Genovese Basil Basil is a known health tonic for expecting mothers and when mixed with tea it increases lactation in mothers. It is also a nerve tonic and young children are sometimes encouraged to chew on the leaves of basil because it stimulates brain cells and can increase memory. See Basil Recipes & Growing Tips on our Pinterest Board Follow SeedsNow.com’s board Basil on Pinterest.

Basil – Lemon

Basil, Lemon (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Ocimum citriodorum. Annual plant. Beautiful and flavorful small basil leaves. Leaves have a unique lemon flavor that is excellent for flavoring many dishes. 75 days to mature. Can be grown indoors in containers. Very easy to grow. Extremely flavorful. Quick Tip Planting Guide: Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Days to Germinate (Sprout) GerminationSoil Temp Planting Season Plant Height Plant Width No. of Plants per sq. ft. 0.25 inches deep 10″-12″ apart 14-21 days 65-85 degrees after last frost Up to 3 feet tall Up to 3 feet wide 1 Health Benefits of Lemon Basil Basil is a known health tonic for expecting mothers and when mixed with tea it increases lactation in mothers. It is also a nerve tonic and young children are sometimes encouraged to chew on the leaves of basil because it stimulates brain cells and can increase memory. See Basil Recipes & Growing Tips on our Pinterest Board Follow SeedsNow.com’s board Basil on Pinterest.

Basil – Licorice

Basil, Licorice (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) This basil variety produces lovely and flavorful green leaves with purple accents. It has a strong, but enjoyable licorice flavor and can grow 24″ tall. Quick Tip Planting Guide: Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Days to Germinate (Sprout) GerminationSoil Temp Planting Season Plant Height Plant Width No. of Plants per sq. ft. 0.25 inches deep 10″-12″ apart 5-10 days around 70 degrees after last frost Up to 2 feet tall Up to 1 feet wide 1 What is Licorice Basil? This basil is a type of Thai Basil, also known as anise basil. It has strong licorice and anise flavors, qualities and aromatics. It’s known to be slightly “lanky” with pointed green leaves with signature purple flowers. Both the leaves and flowers are edible on this plant. Health Benefits of Licorice Basil Licorice Basil can be used for treating the common cold, the flu, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, earaches, headaches, upset stomachs, heart disease, fever, and more. It promotes longevity but something you may not know is that its an excellent mosquito repellent! Ways to Consume Licorice Basil When Licorice Basil leaves are crushed, they burst with intense basil and licorice aromas. Fragrant and floral, the spicy paste is a condiment for multiple dishes. This basil is best when mixed with other ingredients to tame it’s powerful one-dimensional notes. See Basil Recipes & Growing Tips on our Pinterest Board Follow SeedsNow.com’s board Basil on Pinterest.

Basil – Lime

Basil, Lime (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) The Lime Basil plant is very easy to grow and smells extremely fragrant! It has an amazing lemon scent, perfect for homemade lemonade! Use this in all your favorite culinary creations! It grows to the perfect size for planting in containers, and the aroma of just passing by this herb, will take your senses on an enjoyable ride. Quick Tip Planting Guide: Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Days to Germinate (Sprout) GerminationSoil Temp Planting Season Plant Height Plant Width No. of Plants per sq. ft. 0.25 inches deep 10″-12″ apart 5-10 days around 70 degrees after last frost Up to 2 feet tall Up to 1 feet wide 1 What is Lime Basil? Lime Basil offers a crisp citrus flavor, with a zesty undertones. It grows as an annual herb with white or lavender flowers. It has many medicinal purposes which makes it an “all around great herb” to grow in your own gardens. Health Benefits of Lime Basil From treating some cancers, symptoms of stress, asthma and diabetes, Lime Basil is recognized widely as a medicinal herb. Ways to Consume Lime Basil Used commonly in fresh cooked recipes, always add it at the last moment so that the cooking doesn’t destroy the citrus flavor. It is a favorite ingredient in pesto, and used to thicken soups. Try it with fried chicken, or steeping it in milk to create lovely ice creams or chocolates. Don’t toss the flower buds, they are full of flavor and are edible as well. See Basil Recipes & Growing Tips on our Pinterest Board Follow SeedsNow.com’s board Basil on Pinterest.

Basil – Red ‘Velvet’ Leaf

Basil, Red Velvet Leaf (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) This Red Velvet Leaf Basil plant produces high yields of deed red-colored leaves that are very aromatic. It will produce continuously all season long, and grows perfect in containers. Quick Tip Planting Guide: Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Days to Germinate (Sprout) GerminationSoil Temp Planting Season Plant Height Plant Width No. of Plants per sq. ft. 0.25 inches deep 10″-12″ apart 5-10 days around 70 degrees after last frost Up to 2 feet tall Up to 1 feet wide 1 What is Red Velvet Leaf Basil? This variety of basil boasts unusual reddish-purple leaves and has a stronger flavor than most other types. It is appealing in salads, and used often as a garnish. It’s been known to repel mosquitoes too! You can raise this type of basil indoors in a sunny window or outdoors in areas with warm summers. Health Benefits of Red Velvet Leaf Basil Red Velvet Leaf Basil is packed with phyto-nutrients and health benefits. Rub crushed leaves on your skin to repel mosquitoes. It is a potent anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties as well. This basil is an excellent source of iron and has been known to clear the mind and uplift the spirit. Ways to Consume Red Velvet Leaf Basil Try Red Velvet Leaf Basil in your favorite salads, fruit jams, sauces, tea or paired with fresh fruit. Garlic flavors pair beautifully with this basil also. See Basil Recipes & Growing Tips on our Pinterest Board Follow SeedsNow.com’s board Basil on Pinterest.

Basil – Thai

Thai Basil is very fragrant and one of the most available varieties of basil. It has beautiful purple stems with bright green leaves. It is used widely in soups and curries, and other traditional Thai dishes. Quick Tip Planting Guide: Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Days to Germinate (Sprout) GerminationSoil Temp Planting Season Plant Height Plant Width No. of Plants per sq. ft. 0.25 inches deep 6″ apart 5-10 days around 70 degrees after last frost Up to 2 feet tall Up to 1 feet wide 1 What is Thai Basil? Thai Basil exhibits narrow leaves, with gorgeous purple stems. Sometimes mauve or pink-ish flowers. It needs warm air and sun to do well. This is a wonderful basil to grow if you are a Thai food enthusiast! It is also known as the “holy herb” in many traditions all around the world. Health Benefits of Thai Basil Thai Basil is a wonderful blood coagulant, and plays a role in strengthening bones. It contains a ton of iron, vitamin A, and plenty of essential oils. Ways to Consume Thai Basil Use Thai Basil as a condiment, or a enjoy it as an accompaniment to Pho’. It is slightly anise-flavored so it goes extremely well in soups and curries. See Basil Recipes & Growing Tips on our Pinterest Board Follow SeedsNow.com’s board Basil on Pinterest.

Bean (Bush) – Blue Lake

Blue Lake Bush Bean seeds 100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO The Blue Lake Bush Bean produces long and tender stringless pods. Easy to grow and matures quickly. – Pods can get as long as 5″ – Excellent flavor with firm texture and rich colors – Beans mature all at once making it an easy harvest – High in vitamins A, B and C. Day to Maturity | 50-55 days Bean Seed Planting & Spacing Guide Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Spacing Between Rows Days to Germinate (Sprout) Germination Soil Temp Planting Season No. of Plants per sq. ft. 1/2″ deep Bush beans = seeds should be planted 4″ apart. Rows should be made 18″ apart Appx. 5-10 days 70F – 85F SpringSummerFall Appx. 9 – 10 plants per sq. ft. How to Plant, Grow & Harvest Beans (click here for more detailed growing instructions) Beans can be grown in average soil, almost anywhere in the United States. They grow best if the soil is well drained and the summer is consistently warm. Seeds will rot in the ground in cold, damp weather. Since Beans are subject to downy mildew, they should not be grown where there are cold summer fogs.When to PlantAfter the soil is sufficiently warm – temperatures above 75 degrees. Beans are easily killed by frost. Plan on an average of 10-20 plants per person. Some gardeners recommend pre-soaking seeds prior to planting, but research indicates soaked seeds absorb water too quickly, causing the outer coats to spill out essential nutrients, which encourages seed rot. Yields can increase 50-100% by inoculating with Rhizobium bacteria. To inoculate, simply roll seeds in the powder prior to planting . learn more Related YouTube Videos (click here for more YouTube search results)

Bean (Bush) – Borlotti

Borlotti ‘Cranberry’ Bush Bean Seeds (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Old Italian heirloom, also known as Cranberry Bean. Day to Maturity | 50-55 days Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Bean Seed Planting & Spacing Guide Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Spacing Between Rows Days to Germinate (Sprout) Germination Soil Temp Planting Season No. of Plants per sq. ft. 1/2″ deep Bush beans = seeds should be planted 4″ apart. Rows should be made 18″ apart Appx. 5-10 days 70F – 85F SpringSummerFall Appx. 9 – 10 plants per sq. ft. How to Plant, Grow & Harvest Beans (click here for more detailed growing instructions) Beans can be grown in average soil, almost anywhere in the United States. They grow best if the soil is well drained and the summer is consistently warm. Seeds will rot in the ground in cold, damp weather. Since Beans are subject to downy mildew, they should not be grown where there are cold summer fogs.When to PlantAfter the soil is sufficiently warm – temperatures above 75 degrees. Beans are easily killed by frost. Plan on an average of 10-20 plants per person. Some gardeners recommend pre-soaking seeds prior to planting, but research indicates soaked seeds absorb water too quickly, causing the outer coats to spill out essential nutrients, which encourages seed rot. Yields can increase 50-100% by inoculating with Rhizobium bacteria. To inoculate, simply roll seeds in the powder prior to planting . learn more Related YouTube Videos (click here for more YouTube search results)

Bean (Bush) – Contender

Contender Bush Bean Seeds(100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) One of the best bush beans – ever! – Ideal for short growing cool seasons. – Beans are 6 to 8 inches long and slightly curved with distinct flavor – Productive string-less variety is good for canning, freezing or eating fresh from the garden Day to Maturity | 50-55 days Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast Bean Seed Planting & Spacing Guide Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Spacing Between Rows Days to Germinate (Sprout) Germination Soil Temp Planting Season No. of Plants per sq. ft. 1/2″ deep Bush beans = seeds should be planted 4″ apart. Rows should be made 18″ apart Appx. 5-10 days 70F – 85F SpringSummerFall Appx. 9 – 10 plants per sq. ft. How to Plant, Grow & Harvest Beans (click here for more detailed growing instructions) Beans can be grown in average soil, almost anywhere in the United States. They grow best if the soil is well drained and the summer is consistently warm. Seeds will rot in the ground in cold, damp weather. Since Beans are subject to downy mildew, they should not be grown where there are cold summer fogs.When to PlantAfter the soil is sufficiently warm – temperatures above 75 degrees. Beans are easily killed by frost. Plan on an average of 10-20 plants per person. Some gardeners recommend pre-soaking seeds prior to planting, but research indicates soaked seeds absorb water too quickly, causing the outer coats to spill out essential nutrients, which encourages seed rot. Yields can increase 50-100% by inoculating with Rhizobium bacteria. To inoculate, simply roll seeds in the powder prior to planting . learn more Related YouTube Videos (click here for more YouTube search results)

Bean (Bush) – Edamame (Soy Bean)

Edamame Soy Bean Seeds(100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) If you enjoy going to Japanese restaurants or sushi then you have most likely eaten these delicious beans. The flavor is extremely delicious nutty, buttery. Enjoy fresh from the garden or steam them with garlic. You can cook them right in their pods or use them fresh in any recipe. hHgh yields of large 3″ pods with 3 – 4 beans per pod. Bean Seed Planting & Spacing Guide Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Spacing Between Rows Days to Germinate (Sprout) Germination Soil Temp Planting Season No. of Plants per sq. ft. 1/2″ deep Bush beans = seeds should be planted 4″ apart. Rows should be made 18″ apart Appx. 5-10 days 70F – 85F SpringSummerFall Appx. 9 – 10 plants per sq. ft. How to Plant, Grow & Harvest Beans (click here for more detailed growing instructions) Beans can be grown in average soil, almost anywhere in the United States. They grow best if the soil is well drained and the summer is consistently warm. Seeds will rot in the ground in cold, damp weather. Since Beans are subject to downy mildew, they should not be grown where there are cold summer fogs.When to PlantAfter the soil is sufficiently warm – temperatures above 75 degrees. Beans are easily killed by frost. Plan on an average of 10-20 plants per person. Some gardeners recommend pre-soaking seeds prior to planting, but research indicates soaked seeds absorb water too quickly, causing the outer coats to spill out essential nutrients, which encourages seed rot. Yields can increase 50-100% by inoculating with Rhizobium bacteria. To inoculate, simply roll seeds in the powder prior to planting . learn more Related YouTube Videos (click here for more YouTube search results)

Bean (Bush) – Harvester

Harvester Bush Bean Seeds (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Harvester bush beans are one of the best bush beans – ever! – Excellent flavor and can grow up to 6″ long – The pods grow high off the ground for easy picking Day to Maturity | 50-55 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Bean Seed Planting & Spacing Guide Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Spacing Between Rows Days to Germinate (Sprout) Germination Soil Temp Planting Season No. of Plants per sq. ft. 1/2″ deep Bush beans = seeds should be planted 4″ apart. Rows should be made 18″ apart Appx. 5-10 days 70F – 85F SpringSummerFall Appx. 9 – 10 plants per sq. ft. How to Plant, Grow & Harvest Beans (click here for more detailed growing instructions) Beans can be grown in average soil, almost anywhere in the United States. They grow best if the soil is well drained and the summer is consistently warm. Seeds will rot in the ground in cold, damp weather. Since Beans are subject to downy mildew, they should not be grown where there are cold summer fogs.When to PlantAfter the soil is sufficiently warm – temperatures above 75 degrees. Beans are easily killed by frost. Plan on an average of 10-20 plants per person. Some gardeners recommend pre-soaking seeds prior to planting, but research indicates soaked seeds absorb water too quickly, causing the outer coats to spill out essential nutrients, which encourages seed rot. Yields can increase 50-100% by inoculating with Rhizobium bacteria. To inoculate, simply roll seeds in the powder prior to planting . learn more Related YouTube Videos (click here for more YouTube search results)

Bean (Bush) – Jade

Bush Bean, Jade (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) The Jade Bush Bean produces long and tender 7″ long dark green beans. – Easy to grow and matures quickly – Can tolerate high temperatures – Very sweet and tender – one of the best tasting bush beans! – High in vitamins A, B and C. Day to Maturity | 60 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Click here for complete Bush Bean grow guide

Bean (Bush) – Kentucky Wonder, White

Bush Bean, Kentucky Wonder White Seeded (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) The Kentucky Wonder Bean is one of the oldest and most widely used bean varieties ever grown. – Heavy yields of delicious green beans. – Can be eaten fresh, canned, or frozen. – Extremely flavorful and full of flavorful white bean seeds. – Will continue to grow until frost. Day to Maturity | 65 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Click here for complete Bean grow guide

Bean (Bush) – Landreth

Bush Bean, Landreth Stringless (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) This Landreth bean variety has tender stringless pods with excellent flavor. – Very popular bush bean variety – Beans have a firm texture and rich colors – Pods are appx. 5″ long – High in vitamins A, B and C. Day to Maturity | 50-55 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Bush Beans | Beans can be grown in average soil, almost anywhere in the United States. Plant seeds 2 inches apart, 1 1/2 inches deep in rows 2 feet apart. Click here for complete Bush Bean grow guide

Bean (Bush) – Provider

Bush Bean, Provider (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) The Provider bean plant is a compact bush type plant produces 5 ½” long string-less green beans. – Dependable early variety- Germinates in cool soil and does well in adverse weather. – Easy to grow and tastes great. Day to Maturity | 50 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Click here for complete Bush Bean grow guide

Bean (Bush) – Romano

Bush Bean, Romano (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) The Romano is an old family heirloom bean variety that has been passed down for hundreds of generations. – Stringless. – Produces wide beans with a excellent flavor. – Grows continuously throughout the entire season. – Very easy to grow Day to Maturity | 65 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast.

Bean (Bush) – Royal Burgundy

Royal Burgundy Bush Bean Seeds(100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) One of the best heirloom bush beans – ever! So colorful and beautiful. Day to Maturity | 50-55 days Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast Bean Seed Planting & Spacing Guide Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Spacing Between Rows Days to Germinate (Sprout) Germination Soil Temp Planting Season No. of Plants per sq. ft. 1/2″ deep Bush beans = seeds should be planted 4″ apart. Rows should be made 18″ apart Appx. 5-10 days 70F – 85F SpringSummerFall Appx. 9 – 10 plants per sq. ft. How to Plant, Grow & Harvest Beans (click here for more detailed growing instructions) Beans can be grown in average soil, almost anywhere in the United States. They grow best if the soil is well drained and the summer is consistently warm. Seeds will rot in the ground in cold, damp weather. Since Beans are subject to downy mildew, they should not be grown where there are cold summer fogs.When to PlantAfter the soil is sufficiently warm – temperatures above 75 degrees. Beans are easily killed by frost. Plan on an average of 10-20 plants per person. Some gardeners recommend pre-soaking seeds prior to planting, but research indicates soaked seeds absorb water too quickly, causing the outer coats to spill out essential nutrients, which encourages seed rot. Yields can increase 50-100% by inoculating with Rhizobium bacteria. To inoculate, simply roll seeds in the powder prior to planting . learn more Related YouTube Videos (click here for more YouTube search results)

Bean (Bush) – Slenderette

The slenderette bean is the variety of choice for many culinary chefs around the world. Matures quickly – appx. 55-60 days. Produces delicious slim dark green beans around 5″ long. Excellent for fresh picking or canning. Bush bean Day to Maturity | 55 – 60 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast.

Bean (Bush) – Tendergreen

Bean (Bush), Tendergreen (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Tendergreen Bush Beans are heavy yielding beans that withstand heat extremely well. Outstanding flavor & texture with stringless pods. – Disease resistant – Can grow in just about all parts of the country. – Quick maturing (only 55 days to maturity). Day to Maturity | 55 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Click here for complete Bush Bean grow guide

Bean (Bush) – Tongue of Fire

Bush Bean, Tongue of Fire (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) An old Italian heirloom. A cranberry-type bean variety originally found in Tierra del Fuego (tip of South America). – Has streaks that resembles a flame of a fire.- The tongue of fire beans are shell beans that produce 6-7″ stringless pods that can be eaten. – Not only do these beans look amazing, they also absorb the flavors of herbs and spices they are cooked with – The pods are ivory/tan with dark red streaks and spots – Seeds are large and oval/round – Excellent flavor and texture Day to Maturity | 65 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast.

Bean (Bush) – Top Crop

Bush Bean, Top Crop (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) An All-America Selections (AAS) Winner. – Smooth and straight 5″ long stringless pods – Grows high on the plant – Ideal for canning or freezing – Consistently high yields of beans per pod Day to Maturity | 55 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Click here for complete Bush Bean grow guide

Bean (Fava/Broad) – AGUADULCE

Broad Bean, AGUADULCE (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) An extremely hardy broad bean variety that is easy to grow and produces large 9″ pods. – Agua Dulce is Spanish for Sweet Water! Day to Maturity | 75 days Click here for complete Bean grow guide

Bean (Fava/Pole) – Broad Windsor

Fava Bean, Broad Windsor (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) The Broad Windsor Fava Bean plant produces some of the largest beans you’ve ever seen. – The pods contain large beans (as large as a quarter) – Can be eaten fresh off the pod or dried. – Huge beans with a creamy texture and delicious nutty flavor. Day to Maturity | 75 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Pole Beans | Beans can be grown in average soil, almost anywhere in the United States. Set 3 rough barked, 6 foot poles in the ground, tepee fashion, and tie together at the top.Click here for complete Pole Bean grow guide

Bean (Lima)- Thorogreen

Lima Bean, Early Thorogreen (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Early Thorogreen is a dwarf plant produces heavy yields of large green lima beans. – Plant does not require a trellis. – Flat thin 3″ long beans.- Perfect for soups and casseroles. – Easy to grow. Day to Maturity | 65 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Click here for complete Lima Bean grow guide

Bean (Lima/Pole) – King of the Garden

Lima Bean, King of the Garden (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) The King of the Garden produces record yields of large white Lima beans. – Pods measure over 7″ long with 5 or 6 large beans inside each pod – Continues to grow all the way up to the first frost – Excellent variety for freezing – These beans grow so big they needs the support of a pole or trellis. – Popular, fun, and easy bean varieties to grow Day to Maturity | 80-90 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Click here for complete Lima Bean grow guide

Bean (Pole) – Asparagus Yard-Long

Yard-Long Red Seeded Asparagus Pole Bean (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Very long stringless green beans. Grows as a large vine. Day to Maturity | 80 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Pole Beans | Beans can be grown in average soil, almost anywhere in the United States. Set 3 rough barked, 6 foot poles in the ground, tepee fashion, and tie together at the topClick here for complete Pole Bean grow guide

Bean (Pole) – Kentucky Wonder, Brown

Pole Bean, Kentucky Wonder (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) The Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean is one of the oldest and most widely used bean varieties ever grown. – Produces bright green, 8″ stringless pods. – Extremely flavorful and full of flavorful brown seeds. – Climbs freely on a vine and produces quickly. – Will continue to grow until frost. Day to Maturity | 65 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Pole Beans | Beans can be grown in average soil, almost anywhere in the United States. Set 3 rough barked, 6 foot poles in the ground, tepee fashion, and tie together at the topClick here for complete Pole Bean grow guide

Bean (Pole) – Prizewinner

Pole Bean, Prizewinner (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Pole type bean variety. Produces beautiful 14-16″ long flat green beans. Extremely flavorful. Can be used fresh or as dried beans. Day to Maturity | 75 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Pole Beans | Beans can be grown in average soil, almost anywhere in the United States. Set 3 rough barked, 6 foot poles in the ground, tepee fashion, and tie together at the topClick Here for Complete “Pole Bean” Grow Guide

Bean (Pole) – Purple Podded

Produces beautiful and delicious purple podded beans appx. 6″ long. – Stringless.- Pole/vining growth. Day to Maturity | 75 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Pole Beans | Beans can be grown in average soil, almost anywhere in the United States. Set 3 rough barked, 6 foot poles in the ground, tepee fashion, and tie together at the topClick here for Pole Bean Grow guide

Bean (Pole) – Rattlesnake

Pole Bean, Rattlesnake (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) The Rattlesnake pole bean is a popular heirloom variety that produces pods with streaks of green and purple – gives the appearance of a rattlesnake! – Matures quickly and is extremely productive throughout the entire season – Extremely delicious and tender- Used in soups and many other recipes – Grows exceptionally well in hot & humid grow zones- Drought resistant Day to Maturity | 75 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Pole Beans | Beans can be grown in average soil, almost anywhere in the United States. Set 3 rough barked, 6 foot poles in the ground, tepee fashion, and tie together at the topClick here for Pole Bean Grow guide

Bean (Runner/Pole) – Scarlet Runner

Scarlet Runner, (Pole Bean)(100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Pole type bean variety. Produces beautiful 14-16″ long flat green beans. Extremely flavorful. Can be used fresh or as dried beans. Day to Maturity | 75 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Pole Beans | Beans can be grown in average soil, almost anywhere in the United States. Set 3 rough barked, 6 foot poles in the ground, tepee fashion, and tie together at the topClick Here for Complete “Pole Bean” Grow Guide

Bean (Runner/Pole) – White Emargo

(Pole/Runner) White Emargo The White Emargo bean is an easy variety to grow. Regular picking ensures a long harvesting period. Excess produce freezes well. Latin Name : Phaseolus coccineus ‘White Emergo’. Pick regularly when beans are young and tender.

Bean – Jicama/Mexican Yam Bean

Jicama – Mexican Yam Bean (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Pachyrhizus erosus, commonly known as jicama, Mexican yam bean, or Mexican turnip, is the name of a native Mexican vine, although the name most commonly refers to the plant’s edible tuberous root. (source/wikipedia) Grows as a large vine. Day to Maturity | 80 days Best Months to Plant | [April – June] Beans like sun and water. Give them lots of it and they’ll grow fast. Pole Beans | Beans can be grown in average soil, almost anywhere in the United States. Set 3 rough barked, 6 foot poles in the ground, tepee fashion, and tie together at the topClick here for complete Pole Bean grow guide

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Best Seeds for Hydroponics [2021 Ultimate Guide]

Hydroponic gardening has been a longtime favorite for growers that want to maximize their harvest. Hydroponics allows one to tweak virtually all stimuli into being ideal for the specific plants being grown.

The biggest advantage to growing hydroponically has been the flexibility in controlling the lighting, nutrients, water, air, temperature, etc. down to very precise levels. This has allowed not only for seasonal outdoor plants to be grown indoors, year-round, but has also empowered these indoor gardeners to better learn what makes the plants they grow thrive.

  • Best Hydroponic Seeds: Assortments
  • Hydroponic-Ready Seed Starting Supplies
  • Hydroponic Seeds – FAQ
  • Should I Use Seeds to Grow Hydroponically?
  • Aren’t hydroponic seeds the same as clippings? Just Slower?
  • Do you need special seeds for hydroponics?
  • What are “heirloom” seeds?
  • How do you germinate seeds for hydroponics?
  • Can seeds grow in just water?
  • When should I start feeding my hydroponic seedlings?

In other words, all the environmental factors contributing to your garden’s health count as stimuli – and indoor hydroponic gardens allow you to not only control these factors, but to do so with precision. Over time of doing this professionally one gains insight into exactly how much of what to give their garden, and when.

The reason we want to look at the just the seed here is twofold:

First, a significant number of hydroponic growers have used cuttings or clippings exclusively in their gardens. Even growers with years of experience growing a wide variety of plants hydroponically can suddenly realize that they have never grown a plant up from a seed – only a clipping. Therefore, we want to make sure there is quality information available regarding the germination and rooting of seeds in hydroponic gardening systems.

Second, it seems counterintuitive to focus on optimizing every other external stimuli without giving any consideration to the source material of the plant itself. This is often the very reason that one end’s up in the aforementioned situation. We have previously covered grow lighting, temp. & humidity, nutrients, and even grow mediums – demonstrating that we think of things like lighting and humidity first, too. It is far too easy to underestimate the tiny seed.

Best Hydroponic Seeds: Assortments

In this section, you will find our thoughtfully curated picks for some of the best hydroponic-suitable seed options on the market.

We know you’re here because time is precious. Who wants to sort through pages of seed vendors – most of whom are buying the same generic seeds in bulk and (maybe) repackaging them into smaller packets? As sad as it is, there are people out there selling seeds that don’t know the first thing about what they’re selling. Horror stories abound of people getting seeds that won’t germinate, seeds that aren’t what they’re supposed to be, or even packets full of filler with few actual seeds at all.

We’ve gone out of our way to find legitimate seed farms so you don’t have to worry about getting stuck with problems like these. After all, it’s not just the cost of the seed you lose to such, but the time and other resources as well.

Survival Garden Bugout Bag – 22,000 seeds across 34 varieties – Vegetables/herbs

Sustainable Seed Company is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Founded by “Farmer John” Fendley and Theo Bill in 2008, the company actually got its start in California. The company’s name, “Sustainable Seed”, was given much thought as the two looked to express how sustainability is prioritized throughout the company’s decision-making.

For example, Sustainable Seed Company sources the seed packaging and shipping materials they use by adhering to the most rigorous and respected standards in the industry, including Cradle to Cradle, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.

Farmer John took inspiration from his grandmother’s robust garden, which relied on good seed to feed their large family. Dismayed at the shortage of quality seeds available on the market, he took on the crusade of bringing heirloom varieties back to the mainstream, and has seen resounding success on all fronts.

Sustainable Seed Co.’s products are organically certified heirloom varieties, and the Bugout Bag shown here includes 34 of them. If they were divided equally, it would be about 650 seeds per variety (they are never divided equally). The 34 varieties spread the spectrum of culinary vegetables and herbs – a complete list is available by clicking the link above.

Sow Right Seed Co. – Garden Flower Collection – 10 Varieties

The Sow Right Seed Co. is building a strong reputation as a family-owned seed farm that sources their product from their farm to yours. The result is a selection of Non-GMO heirloom varieties that have all been popular with farmers and gardeners for a long time.

This packet contains quality seed that is far superior to the generic dollar-store seed that dominates the flower seed market. Rest assured that what you plant will not only grow, but thrive! Hand-selecting the most productive and healthy plants for seed-sourcing works to ensure healthy and robust germination.

This assortment is put together by the farmers at Sow Right, and features ten of their favorite heirloom flower specimens. Whether you’re looking to liven up a flowerbed or you run a hydroponic nursery, this assortment will get/keep you going.

The 10 flower varieties are:

– Snapdragon, Tetra Mix – USDA Info

– Zinnia, California Giants – Wikipedia Link

Survival Garden Heirloom Seed Assortment – 15,000 seeds across 32 varieties – Vegetables/herbs

This is a seed assortment similar to the previous in content, but offered from a different seed company. The focus on providing a well-rounded garden that provides a healthy balance of nutrition is comparable, as is nearly everything else. The only obvious differences are the lack of organic certification and a slightly lower seed count. The specific counts are available by clicking the above link.

The Survival Garden kit featured here is the company’s only product, but it is so comprehensive to their mission that they honestly don’t need others.

The bag includes enough seed to start a robust farm-garden capable of providing nutritionally balanced food. Despite the lack of an organic certification, these seeds are organic in everything but paperwork. They are open-pollinated, Non-GMO, non-hybrid, and non-patent, heirloom varieties.

Rainbow Zinnia Mix – 2,000+ Flower Seeds

We threw in this Rainbow Zinnia Mix for any hydroponic growers that might be interested in some affordable splashes of random color in their garden.

Zinnias are crazy easy to get growing and bloom into beautifully vibrant flowers. This rainbow mix contains a big pack of over 2,000 seeds that cover a spectrum of colorful Zinnia varieties.

Zinnias grow readily in all North American climate zones, meaning they will readily adapt to any hydroponic system, regardless of light selection or humidity controls.

Popular Heirloom Lettuce & Leafy Vegetable Seed Assortment – 4,000+ Non-GMO seeds across 15 varieties

More and more people are learning the amazing benefits to growing their own lettuce hydroponically. Big, leafy plants always do well hydroponically, and lettuces are no exception.

This seed bundle includes 15 of the most popular heirloom lettuce varieties, including Kale, Spinach, Arugula, Oak, Romaine, Iceberg, and Butter, along with a few other kinds as well.

Grow several varieties at once or try one at a time. Absolutely perfect for vegan and vegetarian growers that have an interest in knowing where their food comes from.

This kit includes everything you need, including plant markers, over 4,000 seeds from the 15 different strains of lettuce greens, and a detailed planting guide to help you get started – or you could just bookmark us here, of course.

Hydroponic-Ready Seed Starting Supplies

Ok, so now that you’re linked to some great, high-quality hydroponic seed assortments, it’s time to look at the equipment you’ll need to get growing.

Remember – we’re not looking at the various hydroponic systems in play, we’re only looking at what you need to germinate your new seeds and prepare them for transplanting.

At a bare minimum, you’ll want:

– a grow tray with a lid (preferably vented to control humidity)

– a warming mat to place under the tray (to ensure germination)

– a medium to germinate the seed in, such as rockwool

– water (½ strength nutrient solution can be preferable)

For your convenience, we’ve sought out an ideal “grower’s kit” that includes these basic necessities in quantities that accommodate both hobbyists and professional gardeners alike.

10-Pack of 10” x 22” Grow Trays

This multi-pack of grow trays is the perfect complement to any and every hydroponic setup. These trays are ideal for germinating your rockwool cubes and double as drip pans for the inevitable moment you need to catch some liquid from somewhere in your system.

Available in bulk sizes as well (Qty. 5, 10, 50, or 100), these trays are an economic solution to a wide variety of hydroponic gardening tasks.

Yield Lab 7 Inch Propagation & Humidity Vented Domes (10 Pack)

This 10-Pack of clear humidity-control lids is manufactured to fit the standard 10” x 20” grow trays listed above. Each lid features dual humidity-control vents that can be used to provide precise chamber humidity, evenly.

Allowing fresh air to move through the chamber while still maintaining the humidity created during germination will help prevent any potential mildewing, mold, or rot as well as certain moisture-seeking pests.

Sure, you can find cheaper lids that don’t have the vents, but it’s honestly so much better to just go ahead and invest in the ventable lids. The plastic of the cheaper lids is far too thin and brittle to effectively cut for DIY venting. Even if you could easily cut it, the dial-vent is going to be hard to replicate for any level of accuracy in humidity control.

VIVOSUN 2 Pack Durable Waterproof Seedling Heat Mat

This is a pair of the matching 10”x 20.75” heat mats for the other seed-growing supplies listed above.

Each heating mat is waterproof by design and engineered to maintain a temperature

10 -20 above the ambient room temperature. The mats feature a 5.7 foot cord that fits standard 120V outlets. Their waterproof nature makes for easy scrubbing and cleaning, and is perfect for use with hydroponics.

If you compare these mats with some of the others out there, you might notice the higher efficiency of this product. Most of the 10” x 20” heating pads draw 20 watts each, while this particular model only draws 18W. It doesn’t sound like much, but in commercial operations where dozens of mats are used simultaneously, all day long, the savings can add up.

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Hydroponic Seeds – FAQ

Should I Use Seeds to Grow Hydroponically?

When just starting out with their hydroponic garden, clippings from healthy plants are easy to clone and quick to get growing. It’s so easy, in fact, most gardeners never have a reason to do it any differently!

Hydroponic gardening has been a longtime favorite for growers that want to maximize their harvest. Hydroponics allows one to tweak virtually all stimuli into being ideal for the specific plants being grown.

The biggest advantage to growing hydroponically has been the flexibility in controlling the lighting, nutrients, water, air, temperature, etc. down to very precise levels. This has allowed not only for seasonal outdoor plants to be grown indoors, year-round, but has also empowered these indoor gardeners to better learn what makes the plants they grow thrive.

In other words, all the environmental factors contributing to your garden’s health count as stimuli – and indoor hydroponic gardens allow you to not only control these factors, but to do so with precision. Over time of doing this professionally one gains insight into exactly how much of what to give their garden, and when.

The reason we want to look at the just the seed here is twofold:

– First, a significant number of hydroponic growers have used cuttings or clippings exclusively in their gardens. Even growers with years of experience growing a wide variety of plants hydroponically can suddenly realize that they have never grown a plant up from a seed – only a clipping. Therefore, we want to make sure there is quality information available regarding the germination and rooting of seeds in hydroponic gardening systems.

– Second, it seems counterintuitive to focus on optimizing every other external stimuli without giving any consideration to the source material of the plant itself. This is often the very reason that one end’s up in the aforementioned situation. We have previously covered lighting, temp. & humidity, nutrients, and even grow mediums – demonstrating that we think of things like lighting and humidity first, too. It is far too easy to underestimate the tiny seed.

Aren’t hydroponic seeds the same as clippings? Just Slower?

When one grows plants long enough, growing a plant up from a seed to a meal brings its own kind of satisfaction.

As your garden grows, the difference in cost between using seeds and cuttings to populate it becomes significant as well.

For this reason, commercial growers will almost always have a section of their greenhouse devoted to germinating and sprouting seeds. Not only is it cheaper across the board, but it also allows one to be more selective in which plants “make it” to the next stage of resource investment.

Choosing to grow a plant up from its seed comes with both pros and cons, like everything else. Let’s take a look at some of the specific ways that growing from quality seed is superior to growing from quality clippings.

Seeds Offer a Wider Variety of Options

The first thing most people realize when they begin to look for seeds to grow is that there are an abundance of options to choose from. It is far easier and cheaper to both package and ship seeds around the world than it is fresh, living cuttings.

In fact, some of the more rare heirloom species of certain plants may only be available for purchase in seed form. Also available from almost any seed bank company are seed assortments which can contain further variety, albeit usually grouped together by similar type (vegetables, flowers, herbs, etc.)

You might have noticed how many times we’ve used the word “variety” so far. It turns out that when discussing the purchase of seeds online for use in hydroponic gardens, “variety” is unavoidable.

While there are a few species of flora that do better in soil than a hydroponic or aeroponic kind of environment, there are still a great many plants that will absolutely thrive in a properly maintained hydroponic garden.

Gardeners that focus on growing and blooming flowers have long preferred to grow from the seed, knowing that doing so leads to wider variety in coloration and other important characteristics. This can allow the plantsman or plantswoman to select the preferred traits for further cultivation or hybridization.

Additionally, as already mentioned, there is a wider variety of the more difficult-to-find species available for purchase in seed form. The gardening community is robust, and it is hardly uncommon for forum requests for specific species to result in delivery of said seeds – regardless of location or proximity.

Seeds Can Dramatically Lower Costs

An adept gardener can often raise up several healthy plants from a single packet of less than a dozen seeds. Packets with low seed counts are typically going to be premium quality and gender-controlled, and all but assured to grow.

Bulk packs are also available, and most often will take the assortment to the next level. These packs are most often curated by purpose, as in the Survival Essentials Heirloom Seed Vault. This unique assortment comes in a weather-proof container to provide maximum shelf-life to the 144 packets of heirloom seeds inside.

While you can get similar bulk assortments without the “vault”, the purpose of Survival Essentials’ various assortments is to provide a generous inventory of premium seeds for fruits, vegetables, culinary herbs, and even medicinal herbs to ensure these species stay around for good.

Gardeners that grow mainly vegetables in their hydroponic gardens can find high volumes of seeds for popular varieties, but we recommend carefully considering the reputation of the vendor or seed bank before making a purchase. Seeds bought in bulk can see huge reductions in costs, but there is generally some consistency among popular species in global markets.

If a price seems too good to be true, double check its legitimacy here on our site or with another reviewer you trust.

Seeds Grow Into Healthier Plants

Plants that are grown up from a seed in one stable environment will live to be stronger and healthier specimens. In a well-run garden, such plants will have never experienced a system shock or growth stunt in the entirety of their lives.

It doesn’t take a deep spiritual epiphany to accept the idea that taking a cutting and rooting it into a new plant can be of salience to the overall growth of the plant. Germinating from the seed is, perhaps, the most natural thing about its life in an indoor hydroponic garden. That’s not to imply anything negative about optimizing all other conditions for the plants; instead it’s a consideration of the plant as a living being and the potential difference in its “upbringing”.

Another important benefit that comes from growing each plant up from a seed is the more efficient adaptation of the plant to its environment. Whereas a clipping comes from a plant that has grown up in a different “ecosystem” and is then transported to yours, a seed is germinated, rooted, and grown all within the same ecosystem.

It is somewhat analogous to transferring tropical fish from one tank to another. There is a list of recommended procedures to be followed that helps reduce the risk of inducing “system shock” in the fish.

Fish born in your tank instead of the pet store’s, however, need not ever go through these procedures – there is no risk whatsoever of inducing shock because they adapt to the conditions of their environment as they grow.

Do you need special seeds for hydroponics?

No, you definitely don’t need any “special seeds” to use in hydroponic gardens. Using starter cubes of rockwool to germinate the seeds is the preferred method. This method uses rockwool cubes that are an inch or two square for each plant, and is known to quickly develop a very healthy root ball. Most seed starter cubes will feature a pre-formed hole for optimal seed depth, and are made to fit inside (heated) trays that hasten seed germination.

Aside from that, the only limitation on your seed choice will be in the design of your garden itself. Most hydroponic gardeners avoid crawling vines, corn, melons, and tubers (potatoes) that typically grow under the soil.

These kinds of plants can be grown hydroponically, of course, but their size, weight, or invasiveness can often cause more trouble or effort than they are worth.

However, you will find that a variety of lettuces, leafy greens, microgreens, fruits, berries, vegetables, and a great many flowers are ideal for growing hydroponically. Each of these can be easy to grow, as long as the gardener does their homework first and adjusts the system to match their goals.

While a great many flowers can be also grown hydroponically from a seed, there are some species that do much better than others.

Some of the more popular varieties include:

– Amaryllis

– Begonias

– Carnations

– Chrysanthemums

– Daisies

– Daffodils

– Dahlias

– Freezia

– Gerbera

– Hoya

– Hyacinth

– Iris

– Morning Glory/Poppy

– Orchid

– Peace Lily

– Petunia

– Snapdragon

– Zinnia

Of course, there are many more flowering plants that can be grown hydroponically, but this list pretty much covers the fan favorites. These plants are favorable to indoor hydroponic gardening due to their beauty, adaptability, and need for specific conditions to grow.

Orchids and Peace Lillies, for example, are among the most coveted flowers in any garden – but they can be difficult to grow. Even indoors and with constant attention, the specific requirements for a healthy flower can require more precision of control with lighting, temperature, humidity, etc.

What are “heirloom” seeds?

Heirloom seeds are simply those species of fruits, vegetables, and other farm and garden favorites that have survived the test of time. When you buy heirloom vegetable seeds, you can rest assured that the product you harvest in the end is the same thing that people have been growing and eating for hundreds, sometimes thousands of years!

How do we know this? Well, these species are deemed “heirloom” varieties because they have all procreated naturally, without the aid of hybridization, genetic modification, or (direct) chemical treatment. Heirloom seeds, therefore, are those that have been open-pollinated by the birds, the bees, and the breeze.

Therefore, while all open-pollinated plants aren’t necessarily going to be heirloom species, all heirloom varieties will be open-pollinated.

If you’re looking specifically for seeds that are “Non-GMO” or otherwise “organic”, be sure that the vendor says so in direct language on their packaging and marketing material. Also, ensure the vendor provides evidence of certification or of adherence to the relevant standards. Most reputable seed farms that have invested in meeting such standards will be sure to put their documentation where it’s easy to find, but farmers and gardeners don’t always put the time into doing so – so double-check if you need to!

Many gardeners have inaccurately assumed that because a given seed packet was labelled as an heirloom variety, it was inherently organic. This is not necessarily the case. While heirloom species are free from hybridization and genetic tampering, chemical treatments are widespread in commercial farming and chemically treated plants can still produce pollen and seeds, and therefore can be open-pollinated.

An organic certification is the best way to be sure of guaranteeing organic sourcing for your harvest. These farms will be as isolated from chemical contamination via cross-pollination as is possible in the modern world; significantly more so in the case of indoor, climate controlled hydroponic greenhouses. These facilities control everything from insects and air to nutrients and light spectrum. If every product coming in the door is certified organic, so is everything going out, as well.

The main benefit that comes from growing heirloom seed varieties is their adaptability. These seeds have been around for centuries in most cases, and any fragility or weakness along the way has been long since “weeded out”. 😁 (Pardon the pun.)

This translates into the surviving “heirloom” strains being of a stronger genetic stock that can often be easier to grow in varied conditions.

Many people also favor heirloom varieties for the enhanced flavor they can provide. Like the traits that might have made a plant weaker against competing strains, farmers and gardeners over the years have favored the seeds of robust and flavorful harvests over anything to the contrary.

This almost certainly resulted in an organic hybridization of ancient species that resulted in the heirloom varieties that ended up sticking around as more and more people began covering acreage with them.

How do you germinate seeds for hydroponics?

Germinating seeds is a simple, straightforward process that hydroponics makes even easier than it already is. The biggest gain from using a clipping to start your grow is time. By clipping and rooting a clone, you skip the germination and go straight to the rooting.

By growing from a seed, you gain much more, as we explained above. In case you missed it, the main benefits of starting from seeds are lower costs compared to buying rooted cuttings, wider variety of plant species, and the opportunity to selectively cultivate or hybridize your plants.

In order to get your seeds germinating for your hydroponic garden, it will be easiest to use Starter Cubes. These are pre-cut cubes of rockwool growing medium that are also pre-tapped with seed holes to the center of the cube. Cubes are available in standard sizes of 1”x1” for standard use (Best Value), 1.5”x1.5”, or 2”x2” for more robust root balls.

Take your sheet of rockwool, and carefully cut the webbing between the cubes with a utility knife or utility scissors to fit into your Grow Tray. Don’t cut individual cubes apart – this could lead to them easily tipping over and damaging the sproutlings. It’s best to figure how many cubes fit your tray across (five 2” cubes, ten 1” cubes) and work in horizontal strips.

Pre-soak your rockwool for at least 5 minutes and place it on a warming mat (make sure you match the mat to the tray by size like we did). This works like an incubator and speeds things up considerably – seeds will germinate naturally in the moist cube, but the process can take weeks longer. After the rockwool is properly soaked, drain any excess standing water from the tray.

To plant the seeds, simply place the desired number of seeds on the hole that you faced up when laying the rockwool in the tray. We prefer to use the slender end of a chopstick to get the seeds in, but plenty of people use toothpicks, skewers, and all sorts of things. Just be gentle.

As far as how many seeds, that depends on what you’re growing. Some lettuces may need 3 or 4 seeds per cube, whereas larger seeds can go one per. Once you’ve got all your seeds planted in the pre-soaked rockwool, go ahead and turn the heating mat on (if you haven’t already) and cover the tray. You’ll want to water each plant once a day until transplanting.

If you’ve paid for premium quality seeds, you can be pretty confident to at least get a sprout to appear on each cube. What you do after that with nutrients and lights is on you.

A newer option that has become popular with standalone systems is the Rapid Rooter, which works like a plug. The plug is essentially a compressed clump of growing medium that is pre-loaded with nutrients. These plugs drop into a standard 2” net pot or grow tray, allowing the roots to hang down and absorb their oxygen and nutrients.

The Rapid Rooter plugs can fit in a variety of standard 2” hydroponic implements at 1.5” in diameter x 2” tall. You don’t want to compress the medium plug, as doing so will restrict the movement of oxygen and water/nutrients throughout the root ball.

Can seeds grow in just water?

Normally, plants require nutrients that cannot be found in plain water, although seeds can be germinated in plain water.

Watering regularly dissolves and releases nutrients that are embedded in the soil in outdoor growing.

In hydroponic growing, water is the base of your nutrient solution, but will be mixed according to the instructions provided by your chosen nutrient vendor.

Virtually all plants need three things to grow healthily – light, water, and nutrients. Technically the leaves absorb CO2 and the roots absorb oxygen as well, but those first three things are considered fundamental for growing anything by professionals all over the world.

When should I start feeding my hydroponic seedlings?

Many commercial hydroponic operations will use a weaker (about ½ strength) nutrient solution mix to not only germinate their seeds, but to water the tray throughout sprouting.

As the sprouts grow and become more mature, pay attention to your root ball’s development. Once the roots are long enough to be nourished with your system, go ahead and transplant.

This brings our look at growing up plants in a hydroponic garden from a seed to a close. We hope you found what you were looking for, and maybe even learned a little something new along the way.

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