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Q.Seed starting – Seed starting kits v Directly in final pots?

Zone 14304 | Anonymous added on March 31, 2020 | Answered

I want to create 3 6-8 inch terracotta pots of Basil and Cilantro for my windowsill. Is it necessary to sow the seeds in the little seed starting kits or can I go directly to the terracotta pots? Will the soils be different, therefore i should start in the little kits?

Thanks for your help!



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Answered on April 1, 2020

You can start in the terminal pot, but the problem arises if you are not familiar with how to water such a young seedling. Since the plant is very young, it will not need the entire container to be wet. It won't dry out often enough to give proper root formation fast enough. If you can only water what is necessary, and it is dry within 2 or 3 days of watering, then it won't be a problem. It is just much easier to get a good watering amount pinned down with a "just fit" pot, but it is not impossible to start them in the terminal pot.

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