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Just two weeks ago, we prepared our seeds to start the germination process! After providing adequate water and sun, our little babies are all grown up. But things didn't go 100% to plan :-(
Today we will evaluate how the germination process went, what we learned, and also take a look at what needs to happen to prepare the AEVA to receive our young plants!
For two weeks, we have been watering our young seedlings once or twice per day, then placing the seedling kit next to a bright window. Most of the sunlight received by the plants is indirect, with very little direct sun hitting the kit. Is this the optimal conditions? It's hard to tell, but let's take a look at how things have progressed.
The basil and kale have grown significantly in just two weeks, with both now pressing up against the top of the humidity dome. That places their heights at just over 2 inches in length. All 10 of these seedlings look strong, healthy, and ready to move on to the full-size system.
The lettuce appears to be a rich green color and also looks healthy. While it's not progressing in height at quite the same rate, we believe these four plants are ready to go!
The arugula is a different story. For some reason, the arugula seeds did in fact germinate (sprout); however, they have failed to progress in height, and now look very sickly. This is in sharp contrast to how they looked a week back, when they were thriving and growing, though at a slower rate than the others. We will be discarding these seeds and trying again.
Despite this, we now have 14 plants that are ready for transplanting. But first...
Before plants can be transplanted to the AEVA, it's important to first prepare the system. Since the AEVA arrived, we have not setup nor tested the lights, timers, or pumps. It's time we do so.
There are a few critical components that must be setup:
NOTE: We encourage you to thoroughly read through the instructions provided with your AEVA. This is not meant to be an instructional video, but instead an example demonstration.
Before adding your plants, power on the system and confirm the lights and pump work. Also verify that there are no leaks within the cabinet.
The transplanting process is a breeze. Gently lift the peet moss plugs from the seedling tray, then place them each in an AEVA growing slot. Position them as you wish.
Press gently to ensure the plug is firmly in place and all the way back in the slot. This will ensure proper watering. And that's it! The AEVA is on. The plants are in place! So sit back and relax.
Let's get growing!