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Refreshed SNAP Video Tutorial Playlist

Healthy lettuce leaves.

We recently refreshed one of our very first playlist of video tutorials about getting started with SNAP Hydroponics. According to our user insights, many users are looking for SNAP tutorials online. More than the usual every week. There is still no indication that sustained interest in urban gardening, container gardening and hydroponics is gonna die down anytime soon. With the pandemic still raging more and more people are getting interested in growing their own food.

Shopee featured videos

These set of videos, in Filipino, are featured prominently in Happy Grower’s Shopee.

Happy Grower’s Shopee is closed.

Unfortunately, it has become too cost prohibitive for us to operate our shop on Shopee. Not to worry because we are still selling our products online through our very own online shop.

SNAP Setup: Paano magpalaki ng halaman gamit ang SNAP Hydroponics?

This featured playlist is a complete tutorial on how to setup and SNAP Hydroponics system in Filipino. Originally created in 2018 it’s one of first complete tutorials about SNAP Hydroponics from a SNAP Authorized Reseller.

Paggawa ng sowing tray at pagpunla ng binhi.

Demonstration kung paano ang paggawa ng DIY na sowing tray at pagpupula ng binhi.

Paggawa ng butas para sa seedling plugs.

Demonstration kung paano lagyan ng butas ang itaas na bahagi ng styrofoam box.

Paglagay ng plastic liner sa ibabang bahagi ng growbox.

Demonstration kung paano lagyan ng plastic liner ang ibabang bahagi ng styrofoam box.

Paggawa ng seedling plug at pag-transfer ng binhi.

Demonstration ng paggawa ng seedling plug at pag-transfer ng mga binhi.

Pagbuo ng SNAP Hydroponics system.

Demonstration sa paggawa ng SNAP working solution at pag-assemble ng SNAP system.

Happy growing!

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Comprehensive Seedling Production Guide for SNAP Hydroponics

Young lettuce seedlings with first true leaves visible.

One of the most important factors that determines good harvest under favourable conditions are the seeds and the seedlings raised from them. In this post we’ll discuss the properties of good seed, proper storage of seeds and how to raise healthy seedlings from them.


Good harvests starts with good seeds. Good seeds come from reliable sources. Properties of good seeds are listed below:

High Viability

Good seeds germinate well. Seeds from reliable sources often list this metric as the germination rate percentage. The higher the percentage the more of the seeds will germinate. For example, in a packet containing 1,000 seeds that list the germination rate as 90%, we can expect to germinate 900 seeds from the packet.

Aside from the percentage indicated in the seed packet, germination rates can also be determined by germination test and floatation test.

Germination test can be performed by attempting to germinate a counted sample from a lot of seed and determining the percentage of seeds that actually germinated.

Most seeds sink in water. Flotation serves as a method to separate viable seeds from seeds of poor quality.

Floatation test being performed. Some seeds are float and some seeds sunk.
Floatation test: floating seeds are poor quality; seeds that sunk to the bottom are viable.

Produces Normal Seedling

Seedlings that sprout from good seeds have healthy radicle, strong stem, healthy cotyledons and vigorous growth.

Normal and healthy mustasa seedlings.
Normal and healthy mustasa seedlings.

Good Physical Purity

A good lot of seeds are free from debris like sand, stone, chaff, husks, soil, etc. They are also free of seeds of other varieties or species; immature, broken, undersized, shriveled, diseased and infested seeds.

High Genetic Purity

Good seeds are produced from plants that are bred to preserve the desirable traits and suppress the undesirable traits for a particular crop. Good seeds with high genetic purity consistently displays these traits.

Appropriate Moisture Content for Storage

Good seeds are not too moist that it supports the growth of pathogens and not too dry that seeds lose viability during storage.

Seed packet information label indicating the moisture content at 6.8%.
Seed packet information label indicating the moisture content at 6.8%.

Free of Disease and Pests

Seeds that are free of diseases and pests is the start of a good harvest.

East-West Seed information sheet about seed-borne disease.
East-West Seeds information sheet about seed-borne disease.

Seedling Production


  • Sterilized growing media – sterilized coco peat works well
  • Sowing tray – a shallow plastic tub with drain holes at the bottom works well
  • Water
shallow microwavable tub with plenty of drain holes added at the bottom
Sowing tray: a used shallow microwavable tub with plenty of drain holes added at the bottom.


  1. Fill the sowing tray with a layer of moist growing media 2-3 cm thick. Level the media.
  2. Scatter the small seeds uniformly and thinly. The amount depends on your need. Consider provisioning for extra seedlings by about 15% to account for the seed germination rate and other factors that can result in seedling loss.
  3. After sowing, water liberally as needed. Expect germination in 3 to 5 days.
  4. Water the seedlings as needed until they are ready for prickling.
Young seedlings with well developed cotyledons and visible first true leaves
Seedlings about a week after germination.
Two seedling trays. Left seedling trays contains seedlings ready for prickling. Right seedling tray contains recently sown seeds.
Left: Seedlings ready for prickling; Right: Seeds recently sown.

Additional Tips

Seed packets usually indicate the batch date or the sow-by-date of the seeds in the packet. When buying seed packets select the ones with a recent batch date or with a sow-by-date that is months into the future. The freshness of the seeds have significant impact on their viability and these dates are a reliable measure of how fresh the seeds are.

To maintain high germination rate of seeds in an open packet, keep them in their original foil packets with the open end folded shut. Keep them in a sealed plastic container and keep them refrigerated.

That’s it! If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below. Good luck and happy growing!