How to grow a plant

How to grow a plant

Growing a plant is very easy. Many people think they need a green thumb to grow a plant. But if you get the basics right and understand the requirements of your plants, growing plants is the easiest thing. Gardening is therapeutic and you will have a friend for life in plants. 

Steps to growing a plant:

1) Choose your location

Before starting any gardening project, make sure that you have enough space. You will need room for your plants to grow and plenty of sunlight and direct light. A sunny spot is good to grow flowers and vegetables. Understand the light requirements of different types of plants and place them accordingly.

2) Prepare the ground

Before planting anything, prepare the ground by digging out weeds and removing rocks and debris. This step is very important because if you do not prepare the soil properly, you may end up with a lot of problems later on down the road. Healthy soil will give you healthy plants. If you are growing plants in pots, you will need the right potting soil. The soil surface should be loose and aerated for the proper growth of the roots. The soil should be mixed with manure and prepared so that the rich soil, the fertile soil has the required nutrients for the plant to grow well and healthy. 

3) Start with seeds or seedlings

Starting plants from seed is an easy way to grow the plants that you require. Seeds can be sown in seedling trays for beginners in gardening. For advanced gardeners, seeds can be started in any containers or plastic bottles as well. The seeds should be sown at the right depth for germination (generally a few inches below the top layer of soil). With the right conditions like adequate light, warm temperatures and water, these seeds will sprout into baby plants. Initially these baby plants can be lightly sprayed with water with the help of a spray bottle so as to not damage the plant. When they have grown about 3-4 inches tall they can be transplanted to a bigger container.

If you decide to buy seeds, be sure to purchase organic ones. Also, make sure that you use the proper type of seed. Make sure that you know what kind of seed you are buying before you begin. Generally, the seed packet will have the instructions to sow the seeds.

4) Water and feed

After you have planted your seeds, water them regularly so they can grow into healthy plants. Be sure to keep the soil moist but not wet. Moist soil is required for the germination process. 

Plants require rich, well-drained soil either if it is in containers or the ground. You can water your plants either during early mornings or late evenings. This will be promote better growth as watering during day time with peak sun will cause heat stress due to higher day temperatures.

5) Caring for your plant 

Care for your plant will depend on the type of plant you are growing. Indoor plants will require indirect sunlight while flowering plants and vegetable plants require bright light and direct sunlight. Some of the indoor plants with green foliage with less light requirements are Jade plants, Snake plants, Spider plants, Cast iron plant, dumb cane. A full-sun spot will be appreciated by fragrant flowers and veggies which require lots of sunlight. 

6) Prune

After your plants have grown, it is time to prune them. Remove all dead leaves and branches. This helps the plant to stay strong and healthy and grow new green leaves. Repotting your plants is important as well. Generally repotting can be done once a year when they have grown into larger plants or when the plant root has overgrown the container that they are in. 

7) Fertilize

Fertilizing your plants is essential to their growth. Use fertilizer that contains both nitrogen and phosphorous. These nutrients help your plants to grow bigger and stronger.


FAQ on how to grow a plant

Can you grow plants in a water bottle?

Plants can be grown in any container. Just make sure that they have proper drainage holes and water drains well from the garden soil.

Only few of my seeds germinated. What went wrong?

The percentage of germination of seeds vary. There are many factors which would have affected germination including water, light, viability and so on. 

What vegetable is easy to grow from seeds?

Vegetables like tomato, chilli, brinjal, capsicum are some easy vegetables which you can start with seeds.

What are the 3 things a plant needs to survive?

Rich well-draining soil, water, and preferably natural light. 

How to grow a plant from a cutting?

Certain plants can be grown from cuttings. The cutting should be taken in a right way with 2-3 nodal regions. 

Which soil is better to grow plants?

Soil which is rich in organic matter and is light and airy is the best soil to grow plants. 


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