Ensure the Gardyn is clean, assembled properly and in good working order. Confirm the water flow is operating properly before adding yCubes.
Inspect the yCubes for fallen seeds as these may not germinate properly.
Place the yCubes on the Gardyn system. Make sure no plant food has been added to the system.
Adjust the light schedule to fit you daily routines. 50% light intensity with the same amount of hours as the standard schedule is recommended.
Maintain air temperatures between 73F and 77F for fastest germination. Using a heat mat can delay cool weather crops, and temperatures below 73F can delay sprouting.
Maintain high humidity ratio. As a general rule of thumb, germination happens most quickly when the humidity ratio matches the air temperature. For example, 75F and 75% humidity ratio will give great germination results. High humidity ratio can make living environments feel ‘stuffy’, but try to maximize humidity as much as possible. Tip: add a small ultrasonic humidifier near the Gardyn to raise humidity in that local area.
Do not touch or press the yCube surface. Compressing the rockwool can damage seeds and ruin germination.
After 10 days, remove any yCubes that have not sprouted yet and move them to the Nursery. Add plant food as per recommendations and raise light intensity back to standard settings.
Use pod caps to close any empty slots. No light should go in the system to prevent algae development. You can purchase pod caps here.