The Q&A Archives: Watering Seeds

Question: What is the best method for watering seeds I start indoors under the lights? I am planting in flats with trays under them. Should I water from underneath?

Answer: Watering from the bottom is a good idea for many plants, especially those prone to damping-off. Anytime you can keep water off foliage, you're doing your seedlings a favor. Bottom watering tends to thoroughly wet the soil, eliminating air pockets around the roots, which promotes healthy, vigorous growth. Be sure to allow the soil to drain after watering - don't let the flats sit in a puddle of water.

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