Growing House Plants From Seed

Raid the chicken for inexpensive equipment—and grow a fabulous variety of house plants at almost no cost and even less trouble from seeds!

For sowing the seeds, use containers with covers—such as plastic refrigerator dishes or casseroles; for uncovered containers, like empty cottage cheese cartons, provide plastic covers or a piece of glass.

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Growing Small Seedlings

For growing small seedlings, save space with plastic ice cubes, egg trays, foil frozen food pans, or cake tins. Since tender seedlings are best watered from below, punch drainage holes in the bottom of the container. 

For plastic, use a red-hot ice pick or awl; for cake pans, hammer, and nail. Set the container in a pan of water until moisture appears near the soil’s surface.

Aluminum foil is handy for lining flats or boxes to retain water or moist vermiculite or sand. 

Clear kitchen plastic, which comes in rolls, works well for covering all kinds of containers to preserve humidity. Empty carrot bags serve the same purpose.

Miniature Greenhouse

A miniature “greenhouse” to keep small plants warm and moist can be made from a flat like an empty grape or cherry crate from the grocer. Line the bottom with aluminum foil. 

A generous layer of moist vermiculite, pebbles, sand, or substitute is on this.

The sides can be cut from ordinary window glass and held together with strips of masking tape. 

The top may be another piece of glass, cut slightly larger than the bottom of the flat, or of clear plastic.

Plant Your Favorite Seeds

Now, all you need is the seeds! Check your favorite seed catalog for a house plant section. 

Or contact one of the national plant societies, like the American Gloxinia Society or the American Begonia Society. Many sell rare or hard-to-find seeds at a nominal cost.

Try it! 

You’ll have plants you couldn’t find or couldn’t afford—and some to share with your neighbors, too!

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