Daddy Daughter Date Idea #24 – Growing Flowers

Things you’ll need:

    • seeds
    • soil
    • flower pot
    • water
    • time

Daddy Daughter Date Idea #24 – Growing Flowers



Daddy Daughter Date #24 – Growing Flowers. Work with your daughter to perform the following steps:

  1. Start your seeds indoors 4 to 8 weeks before you plan on transferring them. Typically, this means starting them 4 to 8 weeks before the expected last frost. Doing so gives your seedlings plenty of time to develop prior to the transfer, making them strong enough to withstand winds, insects, and other pests.
  2. Fill your container with soil. Do not pack the soil down. Instead, allow it to remain loose.
  3. Moisten the soil before adding the seeds. Add enough water to get a spongy wet consistency, but do not completely saturate the soil.
  4. Follow the instructions on your seed packet to plant the seeds. Some flowers require you to cover the seeds with up to an inch of soil, while other small seeds may only need to be sprinkled on the surface of the soil. Do not pack soil on top of the seeds, however, since doing so will smother them and make it difficult for sprouts to break through.
  5. Drop two or three seeds into each container. Space them 1/4 inch apart to prevent them from interfering with each other if more than one seed grows.
  6. Water again. Only add a small sprinkle of water to moisten the seeds and the new soil. Do not drown your seeds.
  7. Cover your container. If using a germination tray, it likely came with a clear plastic cover. Otherwise, use clear plastic wrap. The cover prevents your seeds from drying out, but it must be clear to allow adequate sunlight through.
  8. Transplant them. When the seedling have grown enough to handle the outdoors. Move them to your garden or bigger pots.

[info] This project was inspired by Boogie’s second grade teacher Ms. Sleinad. Thank you Ms. Sleinad for the first seeds. [/info]



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