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Our first attempt at germination went well—mostly! The kale, lettuce and basil all sprouted and grew exceptionally well in our Just Vertical seedling kit. But the arugula—not so much.
Using the same techniques, water cycles and lighting conditions, we achieved dramatically different results. The basil was bursting with life and color and looked ready for adulthood in the AEVA. The kale looked...sad and diseased.
So what went wrong? It's hard to know exactly, but it became increasingly obvious that something needed to change. So we changed our approach in two key areas. Let's see how it went!
In this attempt, we used the same peat moss plugs as before. Why? We didn't have any more. They also structurally looked fine.
Our experiment focused on two factors: nutrients and lighting.
The end result is a much stronger, healthier looking arugula seedling. By changing these two factors, the plants look significantly better in just a week's time.
Though our experiment did not test these variables independently, we recommend applying both of these new approaches when germinating your new seeds.
Neither requires additional time, and together, they have proven to work!
Let's get growing!