11 Brilliant Seed Starting Tricks to Grow Vegetables for Free!

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Here are 11 brilliant Seed Starting Tricks that will help you to grow your favorite fruits and vegetables easily and absolutely free!

Using these Genius Seed Starting Tricks, you can start new plants in the easiest of ways without spending any money on new plants!

Here are some of the major seed starting mistakes you should avoid

Genius Seed Starting Tricks

1. Grow Kiwis from Kiwis

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Cut kiwi fruit into two parts, pop out its seeds with the help of a toothpick, and place them on a paper towel so that it will absorb excess moisture. Transfer them to the soil; after 10-14 days, the seeds will sprout. To learn more about this process, watch this video here!

Learn everything about growing kiwi in pots here

2. Pomegranate and a Ziplock Plastic Bag

Scoop out the juicy pomegranate seeds, fill them in a plastic bag, flatten the seeds with a roller, and strain the juice in a glass. Now transfer the seeds to a pot filled with good quality potting mix. Watch a detailed tutorial video on it here.

Read all about growing pomegranates in containers here

3. Grow Peaches from Peaches

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Do you have some fresh peaches? Cut them into pieces, scoop out the peach pit, and plant it into a pot with soil, as shown in this video here.

4. Cucumbers and a Glass of Water!

Slice a cucumber and scoop out its pulp with seeds using a spoon, add them to a glass of water. Rinse well, strain the water, and plant these seeds in a container. Soon you’ll have many cucumber seedlings to transplant.

Here are the best types of cucumbers you can grow

5. Have More Lavenders from the Existing Plant

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Gently press the dried flower heads in the palm to make the tiny seeds pop out. Spread them on a paper towel, fold, mist lightly, and let them sit overnight. Plant these seeds in well-draining potting mix, and in several weeks, the seedlings will grow. To understand the steps better, watch the tutorial video here!

Here’s all you need to know about growing Lavender

6. Grow Eggplants Effortlessly


Make a cross-cut at the bottom of an eggplant, microwave it for 1 minute. Peel off the skin, take out the seeds, add them to a glass of water, strain water.

Now take a pot, fill it with soil, spread those seeds. Transfer them to separate pots when the seeds sprout and become healthy seedlings. In 2-3 months, you will have plants producing glossy eggplant fruits.

Check out our article on growing eggplants here

7. Plant Bell Peppers from Seeds

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Cut bell pepper and scatter its seeds in a pot, cover them with soil and water gently. You will see seedlings in 2 weeks, and the bell peppers will be ready to harvest in 60-90 days.

Here’s everything you need to know about growing bell peppers

8. Tomatoes from Slices


Make 1/4 inch thick slices of fresh tomato and lay them on the topsoil in the pot. Cover the slices with a thin layer of soil. Mist with water to make the surface moist—soon you will many have tomato plants.

Here are the mistakes you must avoid while planting tomatoes

9. Bittermelons from Seeds

Start many new plants using overripe bitter melon. Cut it open, remove the red seeds and let them dry on a paper towel for a day.

Once done, plant them either directly or in a big pot. The seeds will sprout in 2-4 weeks. Watch the video here.

10. Squash It and Grow

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Cut the top part of the squash, take out the seeds with the help of a spoon, spread them on a potting mix, cover with a layer of soil and water well. You can do this indoors and outdoors when the temperature exceeds 60 F (15 C).

11. Lemons from Lemon Seeds

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After squeezing juice from lemons, don’t throw their seeds, instead sow them in potting mix, water well, and place the pot on a kitchen counter or windowsill. You will get many new plants in a few weeks.

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