10 Most Common Seedling and Seed-Starting Mistakes

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Starting too late

Be sure to leave yourself enough time to start your seedlings.

Wrong germination conditions

Give seeds the germination conditions they need by mimicking Mother Nature. Not all seeds germinate the same way.


Don't give up on your seeds too early! This is a common plant problem, especially with types of seed that have long germination periods.

Water problems

Bottom watering is best for seedlings and is a key to preventing disease

Starting things that should be direct sown

Not hardening seed off before planting outside

Not Adopting a Light Management System

Not doing bottom watering