How to sow seeds using a seed sower

How to…

Use this pictorial guide to help students sow small seeds.

  • Estimated time: 15 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors & Indoors
  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed


Smaller seeds require a more controlled approach when sowing. Sowing aids are readily available and make the job easier.

  1. Gather all the material together; a module tray, seeds, gloves, labels, compost & vermiculite to cover (if required).

  2. Fill the module, pot or seed tray with compost until it is level. Tap on the bench 2-3 times to remove any air pockets in the compost.

  3. Empty the seeds into the seed sower. It is far better to use a small amount each time and refill as required.

  4. Move the seed sower from cell to cell leaving 2-3 seeds in each one.

  5. Check the instructions on the seed packet. You may not need to cover the seeds. If you do use vermiculite cover them to a 3mm depth.

  6. Remember to label the tray with the name of the plant & date. Place it in a shallow tray of water for 1-2 hours to soak and then remove it. 

Additional information

Look at this link for more details about propagation; click here

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