SeedCell Basil Pod
Best time to plant:
Basil - Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr
Always check your local growing conditions depending on where you are based in South Africa. We offer the above as a general guideline only. Regional and Micro-Climate conditions will affect your growing success
* Plastic Free and Leaves No Waste - The pods are made from 100% recycled industrial waste which is stripped of any bleaches, acids, or other chemicals
* Biodegradable and Eco Friendly - Each biodegradable, plantable seed pod is pre-sown with high-quality seeds and comes ready to plant; just water the soil and plant the seed pod. Once planted, the seed pod will absorb and retain the moisture it needs whilst feeding water directly to the seeds using our patented water absorbing technology. The pod protects the seeds as they begin to germinate in a safe microenvironment, before breaking down naturally leaving zero waste and high-quality healthy plants.
* Know What You Eat for a Healthy Living - Our selection is packed full of the most nutritious herbs and delicious vegetable seeds. Our aim is to make your growing experience straightforward forward giving you satisfying results every time, fill your garden with fresh produce, ready to be picked and enjoyed throughout the year.
How to Use:
* Fill a plant pot with good quality compost & water well.
* Place your seed pod into the compost until almost submerged (about half a 1cm showing).
* The pod will absorb the water from the compost and feed nutrients directly to the seed. Make sure to keep the compost moist. DO NOT OVER WATER.
* When your plant becomes big enough plant out into a bigger plant pot or directly in the ground. The pod will eventually fully biodegrade leaving no waste!
Why isn’t my SeedCell growing?
Your SeedCell pod may not be growing for a couple of reasons:
* Please check that you are not overwatering. Because of the nature of the material SeedCell pod is made from, it will absorb any moisture and nutrients from the soil/compost and feed this directly to the seed. The pod will also retain the moisture, meaning that you do not have to water as much. If you over water, you run the chance of drowning your seed.
* Check the growing times for each variety of seed. Growing times can be a big factor when having issues with growth and germination.
* Give your SeedCell time. Seeds can be very sensitive to temperature/the surroundings/conditions and can sometimes take a little longer to germinate than usual. Usually with a little nurture and patients your seeds will begin to thrive.
How long does it take for my SeedCell pod to biodegrade?
This will depend on your soil/compost choice. Your pod should start to breakdown within 6-12 months.
Do I need to use plant feed with SeedCell?
This is completely up to the grower. Your SeedCell will grow absolutely fine without any added help. However, using plant feed can sometimes help your seeds thrive that little bit extra and give them the nutrients they need to have a more successful crop.
How many seeds are in each pod?
Seed quantity will vary depending on the variety. We make sure that each pod has enough seed to guarantee germination and a healthy yield.
What kind of compost should I use?
We would always suggest using good quality compost where possible.
How often should I water my plant?
Give your soil/compost a good watering before you insert your pod and always make sure that the topsoil is moist throughout early growth. Try to not over water your pod as this will inevitably drown your seeds. The pod itself will absorb any moisture from the soil/compost and feed it directly to the seed meaning you do not have to water as much as you might with conventional growing. Please do not forget that seeds are living organisms and are susceptible to failure due to bad care. If you look after your seeds, there is no reason why your plants won’t thrive and produce healthy a crop.
How far apart should I plant my pods?
This will depend entirely on the variety you are growing. Some varieties can be growing in close rows such as herbs. Other varieties such as pumpkin for example will need plenty more room to grow.
How do I ‘thin’ my seedlings?
Thinning crowded seedlings ensures that your plants have plenty of room to grow. If they’re too close together, they will eventually end up competing with each other.
Once your seedlings start to appear through the top of your pod, simply pull your pod from the soil, being very careful to make sure you don’t pull apart the roots. Pick the strongest seedlings (look for the one that is the most compact, and has the thickest stem. If they’re all the same size, then just pick the one that looks the best). Use small micro-tip snip scissors or bonsai shears for precision cuts. Cut the weak seedlings off at the base – It’s very important that you cut the stems off at the base, rather than pinching them out. And never try to pull the seedlings out of the soil while thinning. Doing that can damage the delicate roots of the others, which could end up killing them too. This is especially important for root crops. One of the main causes of deformities is damage to the roots when plants are young.