Q: What do I need to do to get the seeds in my Garden-in-a-Bag to sprout?
A: Two factors are vital for seed germination. They are appropriate temperature and moisture. Most seeds sprout best with a consistent soil temperature between 70 and 80 degrees. (Soil temperature is normally about 5 degrees cooler than the room's temperature.) A consistent temperature either over or under this range will cause only a few seeds to sprout, if any sprout at all. And if the soil temperature is okay, but there is a lack of moisture, the seeds will not sprout. If there initially is enough moisture for the seeds to begin to sprout, but then the soil dries out, the seeds will die. That is why the instructions read to cover the bags with plastic. This helps maintain adequate moisture in the soil and air around the seeds during sprouting.
Q: I planted my Garden-in-a-Bag, but nothing is happening. What is wrong?
A: It is probably a matter of timing. Under proper conditions, most seeds will sprout in 7 to 14 days. Some may take up to three weeks before sprouting. Has it been that long since you planted your Garden-in-a-Bag?
Q: My Garden-in-a-Bag has sprouted, but the seedlings are tall and spindly. What is wrong?
A: Weak, spindly growth is caused by growing the Gardens-in-a-Bag in warm conditions with low light intensity (like most rooms in most homes). Adding additional light or moving them to a cooler location, or both, will produce sturdier, healthier plants. The best location for the Gardens-in-a-bag is a sunny window where the plants can receive the highest amount of natural sunlight while still being indoors.
Q: I have my Garden-in-a-Bag in a sunny window, but the plants still do not look too good. What should I do?
A: Once the seeds have sprouted, the seedlings need to be fertilized or you will get weak, spindly growth. You may feed with a water-soluble fertilizer at a rate of 1/4 teaspoon per gallon of water at every watering. Or you may use the water-soluble fertilizer following the manufacturer's recommendations. If you would rather, you may instead fertilize with a time-release fertilizer following the manufacturer's directions. Whatever method you choose, fertilizing is important.
Q: How often should I water my Garden-in-a-Bag?
A: The soil in the Garden-in-a-Bag should be moist, but never soggy. If you over-water, simply pour off the excess water. How often you water depends on the temperature of the room in which the Garden-in-the-Bag resides. A warm room will require more frequent watering. A simple test is to lift the Garden-in-a-Bag. If it feels light, then water it.
Q: Can I replant my Garden-in-a-Bag?
A: While your Garden-in-a-Bag is meant to be grown in the bag, it can be transplanted to a pot or other container, or even to your garden. It is actually a great way to start plants from seed.
Q: When can I replant my Garden-in-a-Bag?
A: You can replant your Garden-in-a-Bag any time after the plants have reached the top of the bag.
Q: When should I start my Garden-in-a-Bag?
A: While your Garden-in-a-Bag can be started any time of the year, March 1st through September 30th will naturally give the best light and temperature conditions. If you choose to plant from October through February, it is best to supplement with additional light to promote sturdy growth.