Moon Phases

The Moon phases that affect seed germination, root growth and leaf growth are gravitational, moonlight and the Earth and Moon forces working against each other (magnetic). As the moon revolves around the Earth, it passes through four major cycles over a period of 29.5 days.

These phases affect seed germination, root growth, and leaf growth. Understanding these forces will help you to increase seed germination, and improve the health and quality of your plants.

Phase 1.   New Moon

new moon

  • Darkest aspect of the phases
  • Highest gravitational pull on ocean and water in the soil
  • The beginning phase of increasing moonlight creating balanced root and leaf growth
  • Seeds begin to swell

Phase 2.   First Quarter

first quarter moon

  • Moonlight is getting stronger and encouraging leaf growth
  • Gravitational pull is decreasing

Phase 3.   Full Moon

full moon

  • Moonlight is at its brightest point, and leaf growth is at its highest
  • Lowest gravitational pull on ocean and water in the soil
  • The beginning phase of decreasing moonlight creating balanced root and leaf growth

Phase 4.   Last Quarter

last quater moon

  • Moonlight is getting weaker and encouraging root growth
  • Gravitational pull is increasing



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