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Simply put germination is the process by which a plant grows from a seed. Also referred to as seed starting, seed growing and seeding. What ever you call it is one of the most fun and engaging hobbies one can have.

Depending on what you are growing and how much of it you are growing will determine what you need. The essentials are trays, heat mats, grow lights, soil, humidity domes and of course seeds.

In this section we will look primarily at the hardware needed to be successful in growing and propagating plants. The best things about starting seeds at home is they are cheaper and way more variety. For a small amount of space and a little bit of effort you can commence growing all kinds of food and flowers right at home. Golden Acre Home & Garden has all the supplies you need year-round to be successful in this fun and rewarding hobby.

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Vegepod

In the gardening industry it’s rare to see brand-new innovating items but last year we started carrying one such item. The Vegepod is one of the most incredible growing tools we have seen in years. Created in Australia in 2009, this incredible growing system is now global. Golden Acres was proud to carry Vegepod the first year it launched in Canada. Affordable, durable, easily assembled this product is truly one of a kind.

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Kits and Greenhouse

Kits and greenhouses are perfect for beginner growers and experts. With a myriad of configurations and sizes and types you are sure to find the right one for you or as a gift. Golden Acre is pleased to offer 100% organic pots, durable plastics, kits with lights and heat mats and everything in between. All you need to add is soil and seeds.

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Domes

A key element in successful seed growing and starting is a controlled environment and to assist with that you will need a humidity dome. These come in a variety of heights as you’re plants grow and mature and some come with vents. Especially important in Calgary’s dry, arid air. Most of our domes are also equipped to support an independent light, very important once your seeds have germinated.

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Grow Lights

Fun fact 1 – Light is not needed for your seeds to germinate

Fun fact 2 – Light is essential once your seeds have germinated

Seeds need warmth and moisture to germinate, after they have germinated they need light. As seed starting is most popular during the winter months this light can be hard to find naturally. Even if you have a south-facing window the days are naturally shorter a with higher chance of overcast days which works against you. The selection of grow lights we carry at Golden Acre will ensure you find the right one we need and help you be successful regardless of what you grow.

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Heat Mats

As mentioned, warmth and moisture are key to germinating seeds. The inclusion of a heat mat to your set up can literally make or break your success. Certain plants, such as the ever-popular tomato will always struggle without a heat mat. These items are durable and with some basic care lasts a long time, making them a sound investment for your grow set up. Golden acre carries a variety of heat mats for all your seedling needs.

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Trays & Inserts

Chances are if you are growing from seed you are doing more than 1 or 2. Most people do multiple plants of multiple varieties and that is where the tray and insert come into play. These versatile tools come in a wide variety of configurations and you will certainly find the one you need. As they are all a standard size (10 x 20), all the domes fit them, and they fit perfectly on heat mats. Dependable and durable they can easily be washed and stored for your next growing cycle.

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Pots

Depending on what you are growing you may want to skip trays and inserts and start in a pot. Or maybe your seeds have gotten too big for their trays and are ready to be transplanted into a pot. Whatever the reason there is a good chance you will eventually need a pot and Golden Acre has you covered. We have durable plastics, organic coir, and peat moss, find the one that is right for you to ensure your little babies are ready for the spring.

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Propagation Accessories

As we mentioned a few key elements in successful germination, propagation, and growth are heat and moisture. Heat is relatively easy, use a heat mat. Moisture is by far the trickier one. Is it too dry, too wet, just right? These will all affect the outcome. How is the pH of your soil? Take all the guesswork out of your grow with these handy tools. Perfect for novice or expert alike using these will boost your chances of success.

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