So far I have seeds that sprouted and left their casing, I've read that if you put them directly into a hydro system, they will rot before growing. I'm using expanded clay pellets as a medium, inside of 5 inch cups, Do I need to plant these into a soil medium so they can grow a bit before going into the hydro system?
I also read that you want to remove all soil medium before transplanting into the hydro, this seemed like common sense to me, but is there a recommended method that is less likely to damage roots? or just run the roots under water and transplant?
I've only done this hydro thing once before and didn't get to see it through. Lots of stuff in the past I had help with and I'm doing this one on my own so I want to make sure I get it right.
I've used soil before, and been unimpressed with the results, so at least I'm familiar with the process, its just this hydro specific stuff I'm not confident with.
edit: Was reading the beginners guide and it said you germinate in perlite? I have straight perlite I used to mix with my soil solution. You just make an entire cup of that and let the seeds germinate in it? That seems like it would kill them.