Young seedlings purchased at the local nursery or garden center have generally been grown indoors, without being subject to extreme environmental changes. The nurseries will make the plants go through what is known as a hardening period, but this is not like the environment a plant enters when it is purchased and does not take into account the impact associated with the transplant.
To protect plants, covers are usually placed on each plant individually until they have doubled or tripled in size. This is a good indication that the plant has established itself in its new environment and is likely to survive with the ends outside its protective surroundings. Unprotected plants can suffer from stress associated with cold, wind, animals and insect pests.
What to use to protect small plants and seedlings?
Over the years I have used several different protective coverings on my vegetable seedlings. I have used everything from inverted cubes to old cans and cans. The drawback of this type of coating is the need to remove it every morning to let in the light and replace it before strong winds or at night. These are not the most ideal options, but they work when there are no better options temporarily available.
The best covers for seedlings that I have used are clear plastic soda bottles that have been cut in half. Both the top and bottom of these bottles can be used. During the first few days, the bottles can be placed without breathing holes. After a few days remove the cap from the top half of the bottle and place a couple of holes in the bottom half.
The second best option is to use plastic bread bags of more than 3 or 4 stakes or sticks that are placed around each plant. These bags can be lifted from the base of the sticks little by little over a period of a couple of weeks until they are completely removed.
What about buying protective plants around the nursery, garden center or store?
There are plant covers available on the market. These range from plastic bags such as those used around trees in plantations to small plastic covers with built-in ventilation systems. There are also mini tunnel covers designed for use on rows of plants. These work well but also require energy and chemicals for production. If you do not have any recycled options available, such as those mentioned above, purchasing these types of coatings may be an option for you.
A seed is considered the mature egg of plants that are either gymnosperms or angiosperms. They are used to produce different plants that produce fruits, vegetables, herbs or flowers. There are many people who like to eat vegetables from their orchards. It gives them the option of producing the vegetables of their choice that are fresh and nutritious. Large-scale production of vegetables is done for commercial purposes.
Vegetable seeds are sown in a suitable climate that helps them grow in healthy plantations. They may include lettuce, beans, spinach, carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, cucumbers or pumpkins. New gardeners need to start their garden by buying established plants. There are many local garden shops or nurseries that sell strong, healthy plants.
People usually buy hybrid seeds at local garden shops and greenhouses. Such seeds produce vegetables for a generation or season. The term hybrid vegetable seeds imply the fact that the seeds are genetically altered to improve one or more characteristics of the vegetable. It is done by crossing two types of vegetables, producing vegetables that have greater tolerance to pests and diseases, altering their growth to more convenient sizes or achieving more attractive colors. Hybrid seeds are usually more expensive due to the benefits of alterations. On the other hand, open-pollinated or non-hybrid seeds produce vegetables that can produce new seeds for planting in the next season.
In the U.S., there are a number of vegetable seed suppliers. They sell untreated, open-pollinated vegetable seeds, relics, and annual and perennial hybrid seeds to local nurseries or stores. The Internet is a favorable medium for buying vegetable seeds wholesale. There are a number of websites that sell them at reasonable prices in a wholesale purchase. Potential buyers can browse the seed list and place an order online.