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

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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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how to germinate blackberries seeds?

I ate some blackberries (last june) and keep some seeds. I tried to germinate some of them by two ways. First way, I used an empty white plastic jar where I put some water and seeds. I put the jar ...
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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 ...
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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 ...