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How to grow herbs from seed discs

Overview

Growing herbs from seed discs is a simple alternative for anyone who struggles with sowing small herb and salad seeds. These are filled with seeds for herbs such as basil, chives and parsley, or salads such as mixed leaves, mesclun or rocket.

How to do it

Placing a herb seed disc on the surface of compost in a pot

1Choose pots that are a little larger than the disc, then fill them up with seed compost. Firm and level the surface and place a seed disc on top.


Scattering a layer of vermiculite over a seed disc in a pot

2Cover the seed disc with a fine layer of vermiculite, which is easier to spread thinly, alternatively you could use seed compost if you prefer.


Watering a pot of herb seeds covered in vermiculite

3Water the pot thoroughly, cover with cling film, and stand it in a warm, bright position. When seedlings emerge, remove the cling film.


Hand holding a pot of basil seedlings

4Pot seedlings on as they grow, keeping them watered so that the compost doesn't dry out. Give them a liquid feed once a week.


Hand transferring an individual basil seedling into a pot of compost

5Once they are large enough to handle, transfer individual seedlings to smaller pots. Handle by a leaf to avoid crushing the stem.


Watering a tray filled with pots of transplanted basil seedlings

6Pinching out the tip of your plants will encourage bushy growth. Keep on watering them and they can be planted outside in summer.



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arber 24/11/2011 at 15:29

Can we use this method to get the seedlings started and then grow them in the kitchen under a propagation light?

Philippa 2 05/04/2013 at 23:11

I'd very much like to try seed discs as I've not had a great deal of success in growing herbs from seed but where can I buy seed discs from?

blackest 06/04/2013 at 06:04

Could try your local pound store? Theres a lot of sets 

Lyn 07/04/2013 at 12:00

No need to grow herbs under lights, they germinate quickly on the window sill.
I have never used discs for anything.

rosie harkness 31/07/2013 at 15:32

seed tapes and discs have their uses and not just for kids and the infirm or non expert gardeners. Try the great selection of veg and herbs from www.simplesowing.co.uk