The seeds are planted in the ground, while the seedlings already sprout from the seed before planting.
The main difference between seeds and seedlings is that seeds are planted in the ground for the growth of new plants and seedlings are actually young plants, already sprouting from the seed. Generally, seeds are best suited for indoor planting and seedlings can be easily planted indoors or out. The seedlings need to be “hardened” before they are fully planted outside, which can be seen as a gradual introduction to the harsh outside world. Seeds, on the other hand, germinate best to create seedlings by wrapping them in a damp paper towel or in a seed tray indoors.
The small seeds can be pre-soaked overnight in layers of damp paper towels.
Gardeners typically have no problem distinguishing between seeds and seedlings because they are very different in appearance due to different stages in their lives. The seeds are usually small and hard, usually brown or black in color. Seedlings are small plants, usually composed of a single stem that supports a few small leaves. Essentially, seeds are equivalent to the egg inside a woman’s uterus and seedlings are equivalent to a developing fetus. While the ingredients within them are essentially the same, they are at a different stage of development.
The seedlings have already sprouted.
Variations in plant care come from the inherent differences between seeds and seedlings. For example, when turning a seed into a seedling, an indoor environment is preferable. This is because growing indoors gives the gardener more control over general environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, and sunlight. Seed germination can be done by placing the seed in the center of a damp paper towel or planting it in the ground using a seed tray. Seeds require more care during germination, as they are susceptible to damage by several factors.
Where seeds and seedlings should be grown varies depending on many factors, but seedlings generally do best outdoors. This gives them more access to sunlight and generally allows them to grow much longer. Before the seedlings are transported out for good, they must go through a process known as hardening, which gradually introduces them to the outside world. This is done by taking the seedlings outside for much of the day and bringing them in at night. Indoors, plants are much safer from environmental factors, so gradual introduction is necessary for a smooth transition.
An important difference between seeds and seedlings is that seeds benefit from being covered and seedlings are often harmed by this. This is because covering the pots keeps the soil moist and generally provides a moist environment, which is good for the seeds. Humidity is the ideal breeding ground for various types of fungi and aphids, however, which can damage the seedlings. Once germinated, gardeners should remove the mulch to give the seedlings fresh air.