How to Read Our Seed Packets

Published on November 12, 2020

Getting started with Sow Right Seeds is fun and easy. We’ve done the groundwork and research to help you get started. Most of the information you need to get started is on the back of your seed packet.

Description: Here you’ll find out a little bit about the seeds in the packet like distinguishing features, history, awards, or what to expect.

Instructions: How to get the best start growing your seeds, plus any important tips we thought you should know.

Days to Germination: The average amount of time you can expect it to take your seeds to sprout if you follow the instructions on your package.

Planting Depth: This is the depth for planting your seeds in soil or a planting medium. Pay attention to any special instructions about light requirements for germination. Soil to seed contact is important for plants to germinate.

Plant Spacing: Our packets don’t have row spacing on them. This is because planting in blocks is typically more efficient than rows. If you do choose to plant in rows, space rows at least a plant’s width apart. When you’re planting, don’t forget to add in extra room if you need to move between your plants to tend and harvest them.

Soil Temperature: This is your reference for the best germination temperature. It is not a typical growing temperature, which can vary much more with the season and conditions in your garden. Once sprouts appear, you can often lower the temperature a bit and continue growing safely. Pay attention to any notes on your instructions.

Light Requirements: This is the minimum light needed for your plants to do well. If your packet calls for full sun, that means your plant needs at least 6 hours of unfiltered light a day. Partial sun/partial shade means 4-6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Full shade is two hours or less of sunlight a day.

If you need any more support or information on growing your Sow Right Seeds, feel free to search our articles or ask us questions!

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