Everyone has wondered about the best methods to starting seed growing. Cathy Isom has researched how to germinate seeds. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
Knowing how to germinate seeds is one of the most useful gardening skills, but can also be one of the hardest to master. One problem is that many gardeners don’t realize that not all seeds can be germinated the same way. For instance, nasturtium needs to be scarred, while lavender needs cold stratification. Germinating seeds requires a combination of elements, including warmth, light, oxygen, and moisture.
You can be creative when it comes to the containers that you select. People use plastic containers, seed trays, eggshells, or other mediums to hold the seeds during germination.
There are four germination methods, figure out which one works best for you. Whether its in soil, using the submersion method, sprouting seeds in paper towels, or germinating seeds on a sponge. Cold stratification is necessary for certain plants and trees that require time in the ground over winter in order to germinate. You can use your refrigerator during winter to break dormancy.
In a plastic bag, put equal amounts of vermiculite and seeds, and spray the mixture with water until thoroughly wet. In areas with cold winters stratify seeds outdoors by sowing them in pots filled with sand or seed-starting mix. Sow the seeds at the right depth and put the pots in an area with full shade throughout the winter. In areas that have frigid winters, you can cold-stratify seeds in place. The plants will emerge from the ground after the process.
Make sure the seeds have the needed amount of sunlight.
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