How to grow seedlings in eggshell: cheap and immediately with fertilizer
The process of growing seedlings in eggshells is not much different from the technology using cups or containers. At the same time, the seedlings are strong and viable. This method is very popular among gardeners, as it has many advantages. In addition, during planting, the root system is not injured, and the young plant immediately receives fertilization.
What can be grown in shell
This method is suitable for the cultivation of a wide variety of garden crops:
The method is especially relevant for cucumbers, since this vegetable is whimsical. The seedlings do not germinate very well or the seeds do not germinate at all. And eggshells will saturate young plants with essential nutrients.
How to prepare a "tank"
Preparatory activities are not particularly difficult and include the following actions:
- Gently beat the eggs, remove the inch, take out the white and yolk.
- Rinse the shell inside thoroughly, otherwise the protein will rot over time and bring putrefactive microflora into the ground.
- Place the shells in a cardboard box for 2-3 days to dry. A paper bag is suitable for storing the workpiece, but not polyethylene.
- Before planting in the shell, make several holes at the bottom with a drainage needle.
- It is necessary to plant seeds in the second half of April. To do this, fill the workpiece with 70% nutritious soil and plant the seed.
- You can plant two seeds in order to choose a stronger plant later.
- Sprinkle the seeds on top with a thin layer of earth, sprinkle with a weak solution of potassium permanganate and spray with water.
It remains to fold the future seedlings into cardboard boxes for eggs, and put them in a container with wet sand. Since there is little soil in the shell, you need to make sure that it does not dry out. It is necessary to cover the seedlings with foil, put them in a warm room and spray them with water every day.
How to transplant
When there are no frosts on the street, you can plant the matured seedlings in a permanent place. As you know, the shell is an excellent fertilizer, baking powder and soil deoxidizer. It also consists of 95% calcium carbonate, phosphoric acid and nitrogen, so the planted plants will receive the necessary nutrition. You just need to squeeze the eggshell in your hands until it cracks and plant the seedlings in the hole.
Seedlings of cucumbers - 7 easy ways to grow at home
To get the first harvest of cucumbers a couple of weeks earlier, cucumbers are grown through seedlings. There are many effective ways to grow cucumber seedlings. In contrast to the traditional sowing of cucumbers by seeds in the ground, the proposed options have many advantages. Seedlings of cucumbers take root better, since when planted in a permanent place, the roots are not injured, do not get sick and immediately grow.
Why do experienced gardeners not recommend planting seeds directly into the ground? The thing is that cucumber seedlings do not tolerate transplanting well. Transplanting seedlings grown in the ground to a permanent place, half of its roots are injured, since they are thin and fragile. Subsequently, the seedlings do not take root well and sometimes die.
One more point should be taken into account by the supporters of sowing seeds directly into the ground. Planting cucumbers with seeds, even before the emergence of shoots, the seeds become the prey of ants and bears. In addition, seeds planted in cold ground rot and do not germinate. Therefore, the cultivation of cucumber seedlings has recently been gaining more and more popularity. I offer several ways to grow cucumbers at home through seedlings. And you choose which one suits you best.
Growing seedlings in eggshell
This is perhaps the least expensive method in terms of using the landing area. Such a "container" for growing seedlings can be found in any kitchen. You just need to learn how to break eggs correctly. Try to gently knock off the sharp end of the egg with a knife so that the shell remains about 2/3 of the height intact. You can immediately make up the blanks in egg trays, by the spring they should be enough.
Before filling the eggshells with nutritious soil, you need to make a hole in the bottom. DO NOT push, but carefully drill it out lightly with an awl or a gypsy needle so that the improvised "pots" do not burst prematurely. The nutrient mixture is poured into the eggshell in the same way as in conventional seedling cassettes.
In each egg "pot" you need to put one seed at a time, sprinkle on top with a thin layer of soil and water. It is necessary to ensure that the soil in the containers does not dry out; watering the seedlings, preferably daily, but not very abundantly. And it is important not to overexpose the seedlings in trays so that growth does not stop. In general, when growing seedlings in eggshells, the timeliness of planting is very important. By the way, before planting the shell, you need to mash a little so that the roots can easily germinate into the soil.
What seedlings can be grown in shells? They say that cucumbers work well in such containers. The main thing is to land them in a permanent place immediately when the first real leaves appear. Celery and leeks are also sown in the shell, and from flowers you can try morning glory, mattiola, salvia, petunia. Some amateur gardeners in this way successfully raise the "children" of gladioli. But for growing seedlings of peppers and tomatoes, this method is not suitable, because they have an extensive root system, they are cramped in the shell.
How are eggshells used?
Eggshells are used as fertilizers for different purposes and in different ways.
- If you add crushed shells to the water and after 1-3 days, when the water is infused, place the seeds there for planting, then their germination will increase. In order for the seeds to infuse, they are kept in this nutritious water for about 20 minutes.
- To increase the nutritional value of the soil for planting seedlings, you need to lay a thin layer of crushed shells on the bottom of the container where I will sow the seeds and cover it with the required layer of earth on top.
- Regularly introducing egg shells into the garden soil can increase its fertility.
- The acidity of the soil is often controlled by eggshells. To do this, about 300 g of powdered shells are added to the square of the area.
- The compost will become more nutritious if you pour crushed egg shells into it.
Growing seedlings in eggshell
This thread contains 4 replies, 3 contributors, and was last updated Savinov Maxim 6 years ago.
Hello. Recently, I am the owner of a small plot. I have experience in gardening, because my parents have had a dacha since then, when I still went under the table. But that is an experience from the category, my mother raised everything, and I ate.
Now I myself need to think about seedlings, feeding and other tricks. Mom, of course, will tell you, but don't call her every 10 minutes. In general, what am I talking about? Recently I watched a video with Ganichkina. Look, she's certainly a sensible aunt, but weird. So she talked about the method of growing seedlings in eggshells. And I have some questions.
Question 1... Has someone already stayed this way? How much more productive is it, or what, compared to conventional cultivation? For example, I plant seedlings in peat tablets.
Question 2... Ganichkina says that she doused the filled soil in the shell with hot water. Why is this done? And what temperature should it be? Maybe pour boiling water directly?
Question 3... As I can see from the video, the roots have completely filled the space of the shell. Isn't it cramped for such an adult plant in such a small shell? As I already wrote, I grow seedlings in tablets, and I have to transplant the plant, because the grown seedlings are already cramped in it, and the roots climb from everywhere.
Question 4... Is it necessary to remove the shell from the roots? You can just crumble it in your hand, crack it and plant it in such a cracked lump. Roots will sprout through the cracks, and the shell will continue to fertilize the plant.
Question 5... Can other plants besides cucumbers be grown in the shell?
Follow-up photos found on the Internet.
That is why it seems to me that in the first photo the seedlings grown in shells, basil and cilantro are not real, photomontage
Anna, of course, I have never grown seedlings in shells, but I read about this and will answer some of your questions and comment on them.
Answer to questions 1 and 4. The productivity of this method lies in the fact that when planting seedlings in the ground, you do not damage the root system of the cucumber, which does not like it very much. It is not necessary to remove the shell, it will serve as additional nutrition, and when reacting with mineral fertilizers, it contributes to their better assimilation by the plant. It is enough when planting cucumber seedlings in the palm of your hand to squeeze the shell several times by crushing it, and the roots will sprout through the cracks
Answer to question 2. Does hot water, boiling water, any heat treatment kill everything? In fact, it was originally invented for those who are afraid of Salmonella. However, Salmonella is a bacterium that lives in the intestines of animals, including humans. So that by the time you are going to eat your cucumbers, salmonella will die for a long time. Well, if you are suspicious, then this procedure will not be superfluous.
Answer to question 3. No, the plant is not cramped. It is a well-formed root system of a healthy plant, only compressed. To some extent, this is really convenient because, and I already wrote about this above, the cucumber does not like root damage. And your roots "climb from everywhere" because they have where to climb.
Answer to the 5th question. This method is great for growing pumpkin seeds, which include cucumber. Many on the Internet write that in this way you can grow tomatoes, peppers and other plants. Here you need to give yourself an account of the peculiarities of plant growth.
So the tomato loves a dive, and the breakage of roots contributes to their greater formation, in the shell, you simply cannot carry out the correct dive. Peppers, even if they do not like breaking off the roots, must form a good root system before planting in the beds, but again in the shell it will not work. Growing flower crops is also inconvenient, because in most cases, you have to carry out one, or even several transplants of seedlings and deepen the plant.
Well, my personal comment on this whole method.
1. It's all the eggs that need to be broken on purpose so as to remove the top cap
2. It is necessary to store this whole shell for several months in order to get enough "pots". And just keep the trash? I would be kicked out of the house for that.
Maxim, on point 2, I agree one hundred percent! ))
As for the shell, you can put it in bags from the newspaper, and in cups without a bottom, and in peat tablets or pots - the result is the same - cucumbers will grow, they are tenacious ... And Ganichkina's advice ... everyone earns as they can.
I laugh. Ekaterina Nikolaevna, thanks for having fun about Ganichkina. I agree with Anna here completely. I've been watching Ganichkina probably already from childhood, and every time I look forward to ...
With your own hands - How to do it yourself
What tricks summer residents sometimes have to go to in order to grow a good harvest of cucumbers!
In addition, all the trouble with the seedlings is only half the battle, it is necessary that it also take root after the transplant. But it turns out that both of these difficult questions can be solved at the same time. You just have to be very careful - this is a fragile matter.
Judging by the latest articles, some gardeners did not like the advanced method growing seedlings of cucumbers in eggshells.
And all because when you make drainage holes in them, they fall apart. And those who managed to complete this operation are unhappy with the process of planting seedlings from such containers.
And all for the same reason - everything crumbles in the hands.
But why does the first failure discourage the urge to experiment? I personally really liked this technique.
As for the drainage holes, you just need to turn on your imagination, and then everything will be resolved in the simplest way!
I do this: I heat an ordinary iron knitting needle and easily pierce the shells from the inside (it's useless to pierce the outside - as if cracks will appear).
I fill the shells with purchased soil and plant two seeds in each. The germination rate in such containers, created by nature itself, is very high: usually out of 10 shells, only one turns out to be without seedlings.
And I place everything in mini-greenhouses.
Here I developed three options: a transparent container for 10 eggs (photo 1), transparent packaging for cakes (photo 2) and four-sided plastic vinegar bottles (photo 3). The last solution seems to me the best, because you can collect such a container as much as you like from friends.
How do I put shells in bottles?
Use your imagination! I cut off the bottom on three sides, put the trays with shells inside and glue the bottom with adhesive tape.
When I start planting in early May, right next to the garden bed I take each shell with plants in my left hand, and with my right I knock on their "butts" with a spoon until they begin to become covered with microcracks.
And to make it easier for the roots of cucumbers to break through it.
Cucumbers do not like transplanting, but if they grow in shells, they will not even notice it! Of course, you cannot grow all the seedlings in this way, but you can nurture 10-15 bushes to get early production.
Despite the fact that this is a very useful top dressing, and it has its limitations:
- Decomposition takes place over a long time, and therefore it is forbidden to abuse the volumes of such a composition. It should be used sparingly. If there is too much calcium, which it mainly consists of, it can make it difficult for the absorption of other important elements.
- It is best to use such material where the earth is acidic. That is, it is more suitable for peat. Its use in black soil is often unjustified.
There are many methods for using shells. In its raw form, it retains more nutrients. However, boiled specimens can also be used. The inner film is usually removed as it deteriorates quickly. However, it is best to preserve it, as it is a very valuable part of the diet.
Eggs are used if the plants need calcium. This is the main element of this fertilizer. It contains other minerals as well. Grinding it can be done in a meat grinder or in a coffee grinder. If this is not a drainage system, it is better to use powder or small particles, since the shells do not dissolve, do not decompose, which makes it difficult for the necessary elements to access the soil. You can also use a blender. If it is drainage, medium sized particles will do.