Germination is the name of the process by which a plant starts growing from a seed.

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Is late April too late to plant herbs from seed in the US Pacific Northwest?

I am trying to plant an herb garden in the Puget Sound region (USDA Zone 7b) of Washington state. I wanted to get some perennial herbs going from seed, but I am wondering if it is too late now? (late ...
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What is this white fibrous thing showing on top of moist soil?

I'm trying to germinate chives using a soil for seeds. I've gone through the process of watering and draining the soil after putting in the seeds. For two days now, I've been seeing this cloudy spongy ...
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Is total darkness acceptable for tomatoes to recover from transplant shock?

After re-potting tomato seedlings from plugs to larger pots (that they'll live in for about a month before they go out in the garden) it is recommended to let the plants recover from transplanting by ...
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Why is my apple seedling shriveling up after like 15 min, every time I remove the plastic dome?

Around 7-9 weeks ago (maybe more) I planted a sprouted apple seed in a cup of potting soil that I placed on top of a low heat pad, and covered it with a plastic bag. I also have a full spectrum ...
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What fluorescent bulb is best for my tomato seedlings?

It has been suggested that my seedlings may not be getting enough light. What are the best types of fluorescent lights to get? I have a single bulb, and looking to get another light or two to add to ...
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Are 3601 trays big enough to transplant vegetables to?

This is the first year I'm growing my vegetable seeds in standard greenhouse trays and inserts. As a result I wound up getting some inserts I thought were something else and I'm trying to figure out ...
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Germinating ALL vegetable/fruit/ornamental seeds in water before planting in soil [closed]

Is it advantageous to germinate all your seeds in water till they sprout before planting in the soil? Or only some? If some, which ones and why? I have seen people do this online to tomato seeds ...
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How critical is water during germination? Should I re-sow?

I just started some veggie seeds 5 days ago. I soaked the soil after planting them, but have totally forgotten to water them since. When I watered them (just now) the soil wasn't dry, but I wouldn't ...
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Will sunflower seeds that have been left out all winter germinate?

I forgot to remove a large sunflower before winter and after the snow hit I was unable to get to it. The seeds were left in the head all winter but the plant is high enough that it wasn't buried in ...
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Is bottom heat important for successful germination of flower seeds?

While doing research for my answer to this question, I learned that bottom heat, the recommended source being a propagation mat, is essential for successful germination of tree and shrub seeds. Is ...
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Why is it best to start seeds in shallow trays?

Can I just sow them in a bigger pot, then ultimately transplant them outside? What are the pros and the cons?
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Starting seeds in egg cartons

I'm in my second year of trying a vegetable garden, and last year I started planting way too late. This year, I want to start some plants indoors so that I can transplant them outdoors earlier. I've ...
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How can I grow endive seeds?

I have some endive seeds (Endivia v. Crispum), and I want to know the guidelines on how to grow them. Our weather has been sunny with temperatures reaching low 60's at night and low 90's during the ...
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Different plant compatibility and care

I've recently bought a few seeds: including that of Endive ( Endivia Ruffec ), lettuce, chicory, chard, cactus, and a flowering plant with the scientific name of Viola Tricolor. Which plants have ...
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At what point do seedlings start to need nutrients? [duplicate]

A seed has all the food it needs to germinate so water is enough to make it grow, after that though, at what point are minerals and other nutrients needed? I suspect the time would depend on the type ...
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Is peat moss nutritious enough for tomato seedlings?

I have a seed starter kit with a wicking system. The kit came with a peat moss mix and I have purchased some new peat moss pellets for starting seeds. I know that peat does not really contain any ...
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Best way to avoid seedlings from bending and dying

I love starting plants from seeds. I love the fact that from something tiny comes out something so amazing. I find, though, that I have a very bad survival rate with my seedlings. I would say 90% of ...
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Basil & Catnip Fail to Germinate

I'm trying to germinate some basil and some catnip seeds. The basil is the regular, plain basil, like you'd purchase at any box store. I bought one of each of these plants in the spring of 2013 and ...
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What can I do about carrots having weak stems?

Should I plant then deeper, fill in dirt around them as they are growing or perhaps something else? It seems like they grow faster than they can keep up with themselves, and if I do nothing, I'd end ...
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Why aren't my rose seeds germinating?

I had ordered blue rose seeds online. I got 5 seeds. I chose 3 seeds and sowed them in a small pot with soil and have been watering them for last 2 weeks. I have kept the pot indoors, covered with a ...
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Why are my basil seeds instantly covered with a white goo after planting?

I'm trying to germinate basil for hydroponic purposes. When I put the seeds on wet foam, they get almost instantly covered with a white goo (within approx. 1 min). Sorry, I cannot get a picture. ...
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Can I grow pineapple plants from seed, rather than crowns?

The other day, as I was eating pineapple, I noticed that it was full of seeds (see pic below for what they look like). I have grown plants from the crowns on top of the fruit (even a couple patented ...
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How do I grow strawberries from seed?

I'm thinking about saving my own strawberry seeds. I have some questions about the ideal conditions for optimal germination: What soil/mix is best? How deep should they be planted? What is the best ...
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How do I save lilac seeds?

I know it's possible, because that's how people come out with new hybrids, but how does one go about saving the seeds of a lilac? Specifically, I have the straight species of Syringa vulgaris, and ...
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What is this grass and how prevalent is vivipary in grasses?

We noticed some seedlings emerging from the flower head of an unidentified grass flower head yesterday. None of us had seen this before and we wondered how common it was and if it is more prevalent ...
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Is mid-October too late to seed a lawn in Ottawa, Canada?

My yard work has been delayed this year. This past weekend, I finished spreading the topsoil (which has been on the driveway since May) to rebuild an area of my lawn. Is it too late to spread grass ...
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What Items Can i sell at my seed website i am making that isn't patented? [duplicate]

I am making an online shop that sells seeds. I am wanting to know what seeds i am able to sell. Right now all i have is jack-o-lantern pumpkins,swan gourds, and tiger strip pumpkin. What else am i ...
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Boiling before germinating Chinese Juniper Seeds

4 weeks ago I purchased Chinese Juniper Seeds. The intructions which came with the seeds said to keep the seeds in boiling hot water for 48 hours. Therefore everytime the water cooled I would boil ...
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Would spinach seeds not sprout because they are planted too low in the pot?

So, again being a newb as I am... I planted some spinach seeds in these black plastic pots that I transplanted other plants from. There is a good 3 inches of height in the planter with no soil. It's ...
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How should I plant Calathea Medallion seeds?

I have a nice Calathea Medallion in my living room, and it has flowered, and now I'd like to try and plant the seeds. However the flower is a little... funny looking, so to speak, and I wouldn't know ...
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Can I use herbicides in flood conditions without harming good plants?

In Arizona, USA, it is monsoon season, meaning that our dry, arid, and rainless state suddenly gets a lot of rain over the period of about two months. This sort of flooding is perfect for spreading ...
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How long do cherry seeds store for?

I read on this website that: Store the jar of cherry seeds in your refrigerator for 8 to 12 weeks. Cherry seeds, and trees, require a period of cold, usually 90 to 150 days each winter. The ...
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What is this plant that sprouted when I planted pepper seeds?

I thought I had bought shishito pepper seeds and this grew. What is it?
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What is the best way to sprout Lychee seeds?

I am attempting to sprout some lychee pits using the moist paper towel in a ziplock method. So far it has resulted in mold on the towel and tops of the seeds. Is there a better method?
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How much and often should I water a bean seedling in a small plastic lined cardboard tube?

Let me start this question by saying there are a lot of unknowns and I can't provide them so please don't be mad or frustrated by this! As a green based work scheme each employee at my workplace has ...
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Should I remove what remains of a seed from the top of a sprout?

I planted a seed from a pomegranate, and it successfully started to grow. However, the seed's shell is still remaining on top of the sprout, stopping the leaves from opening. I am worried that the ...
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What are the consequences of seeds sown outside of their depth specifications?

I was planting my green bean seeds 1 - 2 inches as the package said, then I got tired and threw the rest on the ground and stepped on them to press them into the wet soil. What happens to seeds ...
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Seedling selection and germination time

I planted some of my veggies in starter pods, and let them sit for a while without adequate sunlight. The first ones to germinate first shot up way too fast and their stems are getting long and ...
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Germination of Bassia/Kochia scoparia (burning bush)

Does anyone have any successful methods for germinating these seeds? I've tried soaking and keeping them warm, wet, dry, on the surface, buried and I've never yet managed to get them to germinate ...
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Why seeds from the same citrus (kumquat) tree produce different sprouts?

I've sprouted two kumquat seeds from the same tree. One sprout looks very green and "healthy", with considerable cotyledons, while the other is very pale, with tiny cotyledons, that aren't growing any ...
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Peat Pellet Tomatoes: When to cut the weaklings?

I planted 2 seeds per Jiffy peat pellet, incidentally, every single pellet has had both seeds germinate. Right now, they are on average about 2 to 2.5 inches tall and only have their cotyledon leaves. ...
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what are the trade-offs between soil blocks and air-pruning trays?

In the past, I've tried peat pots, the puff-up peat tablets, the cheap flimsy trays for doing starts. Peat pots don't really let the roots through. The tablet things are a recurring cost (so are the ...
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For square foot gardening: Can I skip vermiculite seed sprouting, and plant straight in Mel's Mix?

In the Square Foot Gardening book, they suggest sprouting seeds in pure vermiculite and then moving those to seed trays w/ Mel's Mix until they're ready to be transplanted outdoors. The ...
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How do germinate the seed of a coffee plant?

I bought some Arabica Nana seeds and I would like to know what the best / most successful way would be to germinate them. I've tried putting them in pots in normal potting soil, but they failed. Any ...
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Is there a clean alternative to top soil as lawn topdressing?

I performed dormant overseeding last year with amazing results in Ohio. All I did in late December was walk my spreader over my yard. The freeze/thaw cycle pulled the seeds deeper into the frozen ...
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Seeds not germinating

I have planted a couple herbs 2 - 3 weeks ago and this is the result. It seems the wild rocket has pretty much all come up, the others had similar number of seeds planted but not making a show. 2x ...
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Which end is up when planting a mango seed?

I have a seed that has already germinated. I've had it in water for a day and it has already grown some in the water. One end has a slight purple color to it, the other one is long and white. Which ...
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Overseeding in Fall without Irrigation

I live in Columbus, Ohio. Dormant overseeding worked very well for me this last year as the wet Ohio springs are perfect for this method. My lawn is so much thicker than last year. The home was a ...
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How viable will 5 year old or 25 year old bush bean seeds be?

My Grandfather bred a bush bean for my Grandma. They've been gone for years, but I would like to try and keep the breed alive for heirloom purposes. I've got two sources of seeds, 1 source is about ...
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Pre-emergent application after dormant overseeding

I live in Ohio and I dormant overseeded in early January. So far, it has worked wonderfully. A lot of the new seed is coming up but some weeds have started to germinate as well. I normally put down ...