Caring For your Seedlings

PLEASE NOTE: On arrival your seedlings may appear a little yellow in color.  This is normal as they have spent 1-3 days in a box without exposure to UV light.  If your seedling still has seed leaves on it these will also be yellow. Click here to learn more about Seed Leaves.

Upon receipt of your seedlings, there are some important steps to follow
  1. Open box immediately and carefully remove the clear shipping trays.
  2. Inspect seedlings for damage and notify us immediately if there are any problems.
  3. Your seedlings come with a plant markers showing the names so you know which plant is which.
  4. Remove each seedling from the tray carefully by grabbing the rockwool, not the plant.
  5. Water the seedlings thoroughly.  NOTE: Dry rockwool repels water.
    • If you received them in the late afternoon/evening, you may place them directly in the Tower Garden.
    • If you received your seedlings in the morning, place them in a shallow tray with 1/2 inch of water and place them in a shady location for ONE DAY. The extreme heat and nutrients can be a little overwhelming for a seedling that has spent a few days in a box! It is fine to leave them here for a week or more, providing you water them every day, possibly twice a day.
    • INSIDE, BEHIND A SUNNY WINDOW IS NOT SUFFICIENT as many windows have UV filters on them that filter out the light the plants need. Add water daily.
  7. NOTE: In the cooler months, if temperatures are at or below 45 overnight, bring the seedlings inside but put them back outside the next day. When you are ready to transplant them to your Tower Garden ™ follow steps below.
  8. It is important to plant your Tower like a pyramid. Large/vine plants at the bottom, going up to the smallest at the top. To help you decide where to plant your seedlings we have listed the seedlings we sell, in the order you would plant them below, from the top of the Tower Garden™ to the bottom. The configuration is decided based on the size the plant will grow to.
    • Swiss Chard
    • Celery
    • Strawberry
    • Lettuce
    • Herbs
    • Greens (except Swiss Chard)
    • Beans
    • Peppers/Eggplant
    • Sugar Snap Peas
    • Melons/Cucumber
    • Summer Squash/Zuchinni
    • Butternut/Spaghetti Squash
    • Tomatoes

  9. Ensure the rockwool is touching the bottom of the netpot.  If it is not, the seedling will not get watered.
  10. Make sure you have followed the directions in your Tower Garden ™ Growing Guide for filling the reservoir, adding nutrients, balancing the pH and setting the timer.  The growing guide can be found here.
  11. Most IMPORTANTLY: Have FUN watching your garden grow!