• Sudhir Damerla

Catchy Title Here... About Plants

Thank you for actually opening your phone camera and scanning. Now that you are here, let's get started! No overwhelming information... just steps to grow that plant.

So your kit contains the following:

>> A container with a hole - This will hold the ecosystem for the plant. Adequate size and drainage are important. Find your Ikea planter in the box! We already made the hole so you can started immediately.

>> Seeds for plants that grow in the current season - We have picked the gorgeous Dianthus, which is suitable for growing in October. It is a flowering plant. Now if you decide to wait till January, that won't work. Plant these by November at the latest!

>> A growing Medium (Like coco peat, earth) - This needs to be neutral and light enough to hold just the right amount of water and allow the rest to drain. So find your packet of Coco-Peat in the kit which is to be mixed with the compost. More about compost in the next point.

>> Nutrition for the seed (Like fertiliser or compost) - This is the food for your plant. We have sent you compost made from home kitchen waste of people like you and us. The good people at Daily Dump hooked us up with this. Side note - if you are interested in helping reduce waste in landfills then do look these cool people up. They are super helpful and make composting really easy.

>> Water - This you will need to get from your tap. Watering a plant can get somewhat complex and most of the time it is actually overwatering, that kills the plant or keeps the seed from growing. SO, we have to be careful about drainage. While the soil and compost mix are great for holding the right amount of water, it is a good idea to also have some gravel in a saucer (perhaps an old plate from the kitchen?) at the bottom OUTSIDE your container (contrary to popular belief that it should be inside). The gravel can hold some water underneath the pot which may help by increasing the humidity in the immediate area of the plants as the water evaporates from the gravel surfaces.

It gets even simpler now -

Step 1: Mix the Coco Peat and Compost together. Get your fingers in there and your hands dirty.

Step 2: Once done, throw this into the pot to a height of 1" below the top rim.

Step 3: Open your packet of seeds and sprinkle them on top.

Step 4: Sprinkle more of the Compost and Coco Peat mix on top, so that the seeds get a 3-4mm cover. Be careful to not overdo this.

Step 5: Place the gravel in a saucer from your kitchen. An old plate. A leftover single from a dinner set. Flatten a portion of the gravel and set the pot on top of it.

Step 6: Water the plant so that the soil is moistened sufficiently. Be careful to not over-water. From this point on you will need to water the plant only once in 5-6 days, if the weather is cool or it has been raining. If it's really warm, then increase the frequency of watering.

Step 7: Wait and watch the magic. The seeds should germinate within 10-20 days.

Now that you have readied the seeds for germination, do follow some simple instructions below to continue the growth cycle:

  1. During the germination stage, keep the seeded pot indoors. After 10-20 days, move the pot outside, once the seeds start to germinate. The plant will need 4-5 hours of sunlight everyday from this point on.

  2. As a rule of thumb, keep the seeds' environment moist by ensuring adequate watering... but not overwatering.

  3. Once grown fully, you can harvest the Dianthus flower after about 110-120 days of the planting. We are looking at a long-term engagement here! As flowers fade, snip them off with scissors to keep the plant looking neat. You can pluck the Dianthus flowers by hand, but handle the plant gently while doing so. You can also cut the flowers using a pair of pruning shears, which will enable regrowth.

Sorry about the homework. We really hope this will bring you a lot of joy and happiness!

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