Why are Nurseries Important?
To be able to germinate well, seeds need to be in a warm, humid environment. This allows seeds to grow big and strong in the early stages of life, which sets the trajectory for the rest of the plant’s growth.
When seeds germinate, the first root will need a lot of oxygen, water, and structure to grow. The soil in the plant pod acts like a sponge, sucking up water from the bottom of your Nursery to deliver it to the seed. This sponge-like structure leaves the perfect amount of moisture and air for the roots to grow into.
After your seed has grown roots, it will grow it’s first sprout. The first set of leaves (sprout) that your plant grows are called the “Cotyledons”. The second pair of leaves are grown using water and sunlight, and this marks the maturity of the seed. Once the plant grows its second set of leaves, it can start consuming nutrients. This is when you can move it to your Garden!
Please follow the guide below to set up and use your Nursery correctly.
Open up your plant pods right-side-up so that your seeds don’t fall out. Make sure that the foil and the sticker are still in the seed pods, and poke a hole in the foil to create a small gap for your seeds to grow through. Place the plant pods into net cups, and place those net cups (with the plant pods) into your Nursery.
Slowly add cold, distilled water to your Nursery according to the diagram below. Close the lid, and place your Nursery in full sunlight or under your Garden’s Grow Lights. Refill the Nursery as needed.
Clean out your Nursery after each "round" of seed pods. To sterilize your Nursery, either soak it in vinegar or wash the bottom part of your Nursery in your dishwasher (on the top rack). Don't use soap when cleaning- it can hurt your plants and build up residue over time.
NOTE: Please do not wash the Nursery lid in your dishwasher, it will melt!
Never add nutrients to your Nursery! When you’re germinating seeds in your Nursery, they are too young to be able to digest nutrients. You should start adding Nutrients to your plant pods 2-3 weeks after they’ve germinated, and after you’ve already moved the pods from your Nursery into your Garden. Your Rise Gardens app will notify you when it’s time to start adding seeds.
Seeds can be unpredictable. If you get a plant pod that doesn’t sprout, don’t throw it away!! Dry out the soil in the pod under sunlight, purchase seeds from your local seed store, and re-seed your pod!
NOTE: some herbs can take up to 2 weeks to sprout! That means 3 weeks in your Nursery!
If you notice that your seed hasn’t sprouted, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know- be sure to provide the following information:
- What is the email address you use to log into the Rise Gardens app?
- What is/are the plants that didn’t germinate?
- How long have they been trying to germinate in your Nursery?
- Please describe what you're seeing going on with your plant(s).
- Please provide a photo of your affected plant(s).
- Please provide a photo of all current plants in your Nursery.