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

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Ideal climate for germinating nightshades

I have built myself a simple heated environment to start growing some plants (in the middle of winter). Reading online I was surprised to see that the optimum temperature for germination of ...
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How long may an avocado pit be left out after having been removed from its fruit, before setting in water to encourage growth?

I have had some uninspiring success growing avocados from the pit, by suspending them in a glass of water using toothpicks. Recently, I had set aside several pits to do the same, but didn't get around ...
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What does soaking hot pepper seeds in weak tea accomplish?

I have seen a few chilli tutorials mention it is a good idea to soak chilli seeds in weak tea before planting them. Why do people do this and what does it supposedly achieve?
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What is the maximum depth a seed can be planted?

When planting a seed, it is covered with a thin layer of earth. The initial shoot penetrates the soil and starts photosynthesis. Are there plants which can be planted (as a seed) much deeper than a ...
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Can I germinate chilli seeds from dried chillies?

I've got a whole bunch of chilli seeds from a dried chilli pack that I bought. They look golden brown and it seems they have been dried using heat, so I'm not sure if they have any chance of ...
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Should I rub my nasturtium seeds with a nail file before planting?

I bought Burpee Nasturtium Fordhook Favorites Mix Nasturtium seeds. Yesterday I planted a few, using the sowing instructions for depth and distance. I obviously hadn't looked closely enough at the ...
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Rockwool - Over germination

I am new to hydroponic growing and I followed a few tutorials on the basics and in doing so I guess I missed a step when I sowed the seed because, like I do in soil growing, I sowed multiple seeds in ...
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How to grow aquatic floating bladderworts from seed?

Along with my previous question about Sarracenia, I'm also thinking of growing floating Utricularia (bladderworts) in the pond. Still not quite decided on the species (there are invasive issues to ...
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What is this bush with small yellow flowers and an orange substance in the stems?

There is a round bush, which I didn't plant, growing in what is usually my "annual" garden. It's about two feet high and the same width. At the end of the stems there are clusters of small, bright ...
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Carrot & Beetroot seeds not sprouting

I planted carrot and beetroot seeds outdoors (UK) nearly 2 months ago. Only a few seeds have sprouted, out of two full packets (probably 30+ seeds of each type). The seeds were planted into freshly ...
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Is using tomato slices really viable for starting seedlings?

This seems to be doing the rounds lately. I saw it on pinterest last night. Basically you take a slice of a ripe tomato, place it on some potting mix and then cover it. 10 days later you get tomato ...
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I accidentally froze my papaya seeds, how will it affect them?

I scooped out a bunch of seeds from a fresh papaya (a very good one, seems like prime genetic material). I didn't have time to clean them right away, so I put them in the fridge to prevent the pieces ...
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Will lettuce seeds germinate in summer?

When the ambient temperature is between 30 to 35 °C in summer, will lettuce seeds germinate?
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Does keeping lettuce seeds in an open package affect their viability?

When we open a package of lettuce seeds and use some of the seeds, then keep the remaining seeds in their package at room temperature, does it affect their viability?
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Can I start Cannabis sativa out of edible husked seeds bought in grocery store

Recently I bought in grocery store edible husked Cannabis sativa seeds Can I start a plant out of eadible husked seeds? If no then why? I'm asking if a plant will actually start out of husked seeds, ...
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lettuce seeds germination in petridishes

I dipped lettuce seeds in distilled water for 12 hours than transfer it to petri dishes that having Whatman filter paper double folded and moisten with distilled water.After that i give 72 hours ...
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Growing bunching onions from seeds

I have some bunching onion (green onion) seeds. I have been trying to grow them indoors in small 1x1 inch pods. I also tried to plant them directly outdoors in my raised bed. I had no success so far ...
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When is the right time to put milkweed seeds in soil?

IN the image below, I have some milkweed seeds germinating on a damp paper towel in a covered container. I've noticed about four white string looking roots? appearing. Next, I believe I wait for green ...
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How can one prevent baby/recently sprouted plant disease?

When one desires to germinate seeds in the seedling tray, he/she has to keep a humid and warm environment. But this environment is also favored by fungus. Other than sterilizing the soil, how can one ...
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Lawn renovation

My yard is almost 50% weeds. I'm planning to renovate my lawn by killing it off and growing a brand new lawn. Are the following the right sequence of steps ? Apply non-selective herbicide. Wait ...
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Can I grow a cherry tree from seed without stratification?

I'm going to grow a cherry tree from a seed. It's not that easy though and I need some time and patience. I have experience with pine tree and orange, though these are quite easy trees to grow ...
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What is the best way to germinating seeds in compost?

So far, I had germinated my seeds using the paper bag approach. I must say that it was quite successful. Having said that, I have an almost-zero success rate when I try to germinating seeds directly ...
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Does the garlic clove need to grow pointed end up?

Is it important that the clove for garlic is pointed end up, or can it grow just as good on its side, and look a little funny?
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How to Separate or Propagate Limonium Perezii aka: Statice?

I have an overgrown limonium perezii that I want to propagate it to the nearby areas. I tried cutting a branch (without any root) and planting it into moist soil. That didn't work. I also tried just ...
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What lawn care steps should I take?

I'm a new home owner and I have no idea how I should start to care for my lawn. Should I fertilize before seeding? Should I kill weeds first? Should I used a shade friendly seed? What about aerating ...
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Should I save seeds from corn suckers?

My very small patch of corn grew lots of large suckers with cobs mixed in with tassels which I thought was odd since corn is monecious. Anyway, I wonder if there's any reason I should not use these ...
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Growing seeds outdoors

I live in the San Francisco / Bay Area and have a few raised vegetable beds. I have tried growing seeds outdoors (recently I sowed carrot, beet and cilantro) but have not had any luck with ...
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What is 'Allelopathy'?

When dealing with cover crops, green manures, and in other things I see the term 'Allelopathy', especially regarding replanting an area. What does this term mean?
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Right time to move vegetable plants outdoors

I have started germinating seeds indoors and they are starting to sprout. Once they have their true leaves I am planning to move them to 4" pots and still keep them indoors. I am growing different ...
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Questions about soil block usage

I got a catalog from Johnny's seeds the other day and saw their soil block makers. I've been looking into them and I'm thinking about trying them to start my garden plants this year as an experiment. ...
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Timing to move indoor vegetable seedlings to 4" pots

I have started some vegetable seeds indoors (SF/Bay Area) in small 1"x1" pods. The seeds have sprouted but not sure when is a good time to move them to 4" indoor pots before planting them in the ...
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What vegetable seeds should be planted right now?

I have a few outdoors vegetable boxes and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. To get a head start for the growing season, I would like to start by planting seeds indoors using a heating mat. What ...
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Do seeds from fresh tomatoes need to completely dry before they will sprout?

I have been growing cherry tomatoes for about four years now. My method is hardly scientific. I throw the bad fruit on the ground and let them germinate the next year. Last year I got some different ...
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Can I store pumpkin seeds that have gotten damp?

I'm rather new to gardening, and I bought some pumpkin seeds today, Queensland Blue if it matters. I planted some and was planning to keep the rest, but they all accidentally got a little wet. Will ...
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Podocarpus leaves cannot tear seed shell

I ordered podocarpus seeds, they gave roots but the issue is that they begin to grow and the seeds soon were raised above the ground but the leaves don't come out of the seed shell. They don't seem to ...
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Radicchio/Chicory from Seed

I am growing radicchio from seed for the first time and am worried about its germination. Should I start the seeds in soil or soak them first? Also, would it be recommended to place the pot under ...
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How much water is needed for wheat until germination?

Two days ago, I sowed wheat, covered the seeds with dirt and gave it a good watering. Now, however, the soil surface is starting to dry up and I wonder if a single watering is enough for the seeds to ...
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Does mold on a seed always mean the death of that seed?

I recently germinated some coffee beans (soaked in water until a root appeared), and planted them in sterilized soil. I only lightly covered them in soil (based on this answer), so the tops of the ...
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What's the best way to germinate blackberry seeds?

I ate some blackberries (last June) and kept some seeds. I tried two ways to germinate some. First way, I used an empty white plastic jar where I put some water and seeds. I put the jar in a dark ...
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What is the best way to sprout extracted seeds from fresh Driscolls Maravilla raspberries?

On a recent trip to a pick-your-own fruit and vegetables farm, I was fascinated how they had columns of fresh raspberries. They tasted lovely and sweet. I was inspired and wanted to figure out how to ...
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Now what is the matter with my rose stems?

So, about 2 or so weeks ago, I decided to put what I read from here to action. I picked up a couple of rose stems(green part of course) and planted them. Just the other day, I notice that some of the ...
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Life-support for plants: How can I re-grow my plants from half-dry stems

So, I got a couple of roses, ivy, holly, jasmine, porthos and gardenia plants back in December, but now they all seem to be near-death. I have tried several times to resurrect some of my plants using ...
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Will pre-germinating grass seed produce a green lawn in less time than just seeding and watering properly?

I have heard and read quite a bit about the benefits of pre-germinating grass seed in terms of getting a lawn growing quicker than it would if you simply seeded. The procedures I've seen involve ...
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Why do tomato plants in stores still have healthy looking cotyledons?

I was at a couple of different stores recently that were selling tomato plants and saw some more from another nursery that still had green and healthy looking cotelydons (seed leaves) on them even ...
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I think I planted seeds too deep in Jiffy7 peat pellets - How do I fix this?

I planted a 72-spot tray with a variety of things, mostly herbs, some veggies. I've had only a handful of things germinate. About 10-12 of the peat pellets have sprouted. I'm concerned that I probably ...
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How much of the peach pit must be broken for successful germination?

I successfully removed 1/4 of the pit of a peach seed. About 1/2 a cm, what I was told is the root, grew out of it. Is that 1/4 opening enough for the non-root part to grow out of it or should I take ...
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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 ...