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

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How do I encourage lawn seeds to germinate successfully?

I'm trying to repair some patches in my lawn with grass seeds, but I can't seem to get the seeds to germinate. Is there anything that can be done to encourage germination? In addition, the weather ...
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How is an Avocado plant started?

I find ourselves buying one or two Avocados twice a week. It's one of these things that I've been wanting to do for a long time: grow an avacado plant. What is the ideal climate or exposure to ...
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Can jalapeños be grown from pickled jalapeño seeds?

I bought a bottle of pickled jalapeno today, and I see there are seeds inside them. It is hard for my local area to acquire jalapeno seeds, so I am wondering if it is possible to grow jalapenos from ...
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How do I start an oak tree from an acorn?

I have a lot of acorns on my lawn from a red oak tree. I would like to start a new tree from an acorn and I was wondering what I can do to ensure success. What should I look for in an acorn, for ...
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Heeding “use by” dates on seed packets?

Generally seed packets have some kind of expiry date on them. I've got "sow by" dates on my packets of Suttons seeds and "best before" on Unwins. Is it worth sowing seeds which have passed their ...
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Is it possible to grow a mango plant in the Phoenix climate?

I've been wanting to plant a mango seed; though I live in Phoenix, Arizona. Firstly, would a mango seed actually grow in my area? Secondly, I'm pretty new to any kind of plant life. So, does anyone ...
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How can I effectively grow plants from peach, nectarine or plum pits?

I have a few plum, nectarine, and peach pits from locally grown fruit and I'd like to try growing them, mostly indoors in pots. I'd also like to try one or two outside. What's the best way to go about ...
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Is condensation on my seed tray an issue?

I'm growing some seedlings in a tray that has a plastic lid. The sun causes moisture to condense on the lid. I was wondering: is this counter-productive, as the condensation then blocks the sun?
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What is a good method for extracting the earliest-viable seeds from young pumpkins?

I am in need of a good strategy to extract the earliest-possible batch of seeds from an upcoming batch of white pumpkins (I may have a few available within a month). My main uncertainty is at what ...
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What is in seed starting soil that justifies wearing gloves while handling?

I was adding miracle-gro seed starting soil to paper pots with my daughter a few months ago and was a little leery about letting her touch the stuff (let alone breathe it in). What's in it that is ...
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How do I grow better Tabasco-type (C.frutescens) peppers?

Virtually all cultivated peppers are C.annuum, and I've had a lot of success growing these from seed. (I also usually buy 3-4 plants locally each year but selection is usually very limited) I soak ...
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How do I encourage pepper seeds to germinate?

In the past 2 months, I tried to germinate some pepper seeds, but all of them failed. I used some tiny pots to contain the soil (don't know more about it; just black soil in general) and the planted ...
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Do peat pots slow down the development of seedlings?

To prevent root disturbance when planting out, I usually sow my sweet corn in peat pots which I then put in the propagator. As soon as the seed germinates, I grow the seedlings on for two to three ...
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Is there a fast-growing, inexpensive privacy plant that can be started in winter?

I live in a flatshare, in a room on the ground floor (first floor for North Americans). To prevent people from looking into our rooms all the time (there's a parking lot in front), we have outdoor ...
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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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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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How can I grow my own sweet potato starts?

I have always used pre-grown sweet potato slips, but since the source of sweet potatoes I have been using is unreliable, I am looking for how to grow my own in fairly large quantities. How should I ...
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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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How can I speed up germination of habanero chili pepper?

I planted some habanero seeds a week ago. Most of the websites said it need 2 weeks to 3 weeks to germinate. What is the best condition for its germination? I am in Hong Kong and having a 29 degree ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using soil blocks?

I recently read a book that suggests using soil blocks for starting seeds. What are the advantages and disadvantages of soil blocks over the more popular seed starting methods? I am mainly interested ...
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How can I grow maple trees from seeds?

I have a mature maple tree in my yard. Every year it drops seeds which start growing in the most inconvenient of places, like my gutters. Next season I would like to actively cultivate these seeds and ...
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How long does it take to start sweet potato slips?

@Om Patange asked this in a comment on this sweet potato question and I'm curious about the answer: How long does each step [in starting sweet potato slips] take? I ask to know how long before ...
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What is a good source for free or inexpensive nursery pots?

Are there free (or low cost) sources for nursery pots? Presumably nurseries reuse them. I'd like to get a few dozen in varying sizes for starting vegetables.
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do dead bamboo limbs run the risk of seeding a garden bed?

I have these three bags, along with two more waiting for curbside pickup of yard waste to start back up. I am also about to dig a garden bed for a bunch of pepper plants. Although I don't anticipate ...
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When to plant chili seeds in the UK?

When is the best time to start germinating my chili seeds (various varieties) in order to make the most of next years growing season? I think I started too late this year and my crop has suffered. I ...
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How can I grow endive seeds?

I have some endive seeds (Endivia '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 day....
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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 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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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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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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Do seeds require light indoors to germinate?

In general, do most seeds require/do better with bright light when germinating indoors? I am trying to germinate a variety of seeds indoors (basil, chives, spinach, pepper) and am curious if no ...
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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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How do you grow a Lotus flower from seed?

I have a Lotus flower seed and have kept it in water for the last 5 or 6 days. I saw that it has started to open up. What should I do next? I saw on the paper packaging that it is called "Nelumbo ...
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What are some tips on growing strawberries from seed?

I have a reasonable amount of practice growing things from seed but I recently spread a whole packet of strawberry seed at the right depth and didn't get a single sprouter. I'm hoping to get some pro-...
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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 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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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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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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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 ...