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

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Direct seeding in straw bale?

This is my second year going with a straw bale garden. I am direct seeding several plants (e.g., cucumbers, green beans), and I've typically followed the standard advice of seeding them in a 2" ...
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What exactly is this botanical miracle called?

Disclaimer: I'm quite new to gardening art. So a few months ago, I had ordered this Moria Combo of 40 Seeds from Amazon just to try my hand at growing a few plants from scratch. I naturally got busy ...
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How to germinate Rudbeckia laciniata?

Does anyone have any tips on germinating Rudbeckia laciniata? I have tried seed from a variety of sources, sown it indoors and out, with stratification and without, with bottom heat and without, ...
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What is preventing northern whitecedar (Thuja occidentalis) from growing from seed in regions south of its native range? Any way to grow it from seed?

In northern Delaware, southeastern, and south-central Pennsylvania, northern whitecedar (Thuja occidentalis) is widely planted in landscaping, and it generally thrives in these regions. I sometimes ...
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Cold stratifying seeds in cell planter

I have a few types of plants that require cold stratification. Most suggestions I've read (including the instructions on the seed pack) say to do this in the fridge. Since I am planning to start them ...
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new grass seed experiment: sun vs shade

I planted some Kentucky Bluegrass under a group of trees and it germinated non-uniformly with many patches (each patch is roughly 10 inches in diameter). Can this be caused just by "complete sun&...
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saving baby grass which is starting to wash away in the rain

12 days after planting Kentucky Bluegrass, I just had a lot of rain. Many spots had already germinated such that the green grassy shoot is about 1/4 inch long, with roots just barely into the soil, ...
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How to direct sow native seeds over large/steep area

I am trying to reforest a large, sometimes very steep slope that was previously covered in weeds, brambles, and garbage. I am using species native to the Pacific Northwest such as: Vaccinium ...
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Simplest grass seed mulch options: Nothing vs Paper vs Ground Wheat vs Ground Oats

I am growing Kentucky bluegrass on deep topsoil in Minnesota and found that the grass punches through mostly in spots covered by a thin shredded-paper mulch that I applied (since I applied the paper ...
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Avocado seeds are really slow this year

I’ve managed to grow several avocados from seed in the past, however this year the ones I put in jars have taken forever to progress. All my previous attempts have produced a single main root and ...
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How does a seed germinate in a plastic bag and how long before it start dying

I have successfully germinated mango seed in what was impossible to think. It has sprung beautiful. I had placed it within wet kitchen towel. I was surprised and wanted to find out how without soil ...
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Why are weeds growing with my new seeds?

So before planting new seeds I did two applications of weed killer about 1 week apart. I thought I had gotten rid of all weeds mainly the dandelions that were growing. I was all the leaves go brown ...
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How can I remove the oil from my soil and grow new grass

I just moved into a new home that used to have an above-ground pool in the backyard. A guy mentioned that they might have put oil on the ground to prevent weeds from growing underneath the pool so ...
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Are seeds from tomatoes that turned black while drying able to sprout?

Last year, I saved some seeds from tomatoes that I have grown. In some batches, the seeds turned completely black. We have been having a bad yield this year of tomatoes and I was wondering if this ...
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Growing kiwi from kiwi slices?

After reading various blogs like How to Grow Tomatoes from Tomato Slices I am wondering: Is it at all possible to grow kiwi seedlings from kiwi slices? Did anybody try that? What kind of soil is ...
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How to sow flowers in a gravel strip?

We have a gravel strip close which I would love to make more colorful. It is located in a place with morning sun, close to a wall of a house. Also there is not much soil in between the stones, but ...
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Why did my amaranth seedlings emerge like this?

I had planted some red amaranth seeds in these washed and dettol cleaned seed trays with some boiled cocopeat. However the seedlings that have emerged have their cotyledons stuck to the seed coat. I ...
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Why did my seeds not germinate?

I had planted roselle 6 days back in cocopeat sterilised by boiling for 15 minutes then keeping it to cool. The seeds were soaked in water for 3 hours. But so far, none of these have germinated. The ...
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Seeds failing to germinate

I'm just getting into gardening, and while the first round of seeds I planted a couple months ago mostly germinated, the second round I planted two weeks ago have produced almost nothing. I start them ...
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Can You Grow Mushrooms & Truffles Using Aeroponics and is there a way to store their "seeds"?

I'm interested in growing a Alba white truffle and Portobello mushrooms using aeroponics. Can this be done? If not is there a faster and more scalable method than using traditional dirt in general? ...
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Growing Cherry Trees from Seeds

last August I bought some cherries, removed the seeds (about a dozen), washed them, and tucked them in the refrigerator for the winter (7 months). Now that spring-time is here, I planted those seeds ...
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Should I start roselle in full sun?

I am starting roselle in seed trays with plain sterilised cocopeat and the temperature hovers around 24~40 degrees celsius each day, with atleast 6 hours of heavy sunlight here. Should I do this in ...
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Do potatoes produce seeds that you can store and/or replant?

Do potatoes produce seeds (specifically La Ratte potato) and how do you harvest them? Although I don't fully understand, I am aware that "seed potatoes" are a thing and can be used to grow a ...
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Can I use this brand of bleach with some other ingredients to sterilise seed trays?

Where I live in Delhi, India, there is no pure bleach available. The only similar option is something called Rin Ala, which is a laundry liquid bleach with 4 percent Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach), 1 ...
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Sterilising seed starting trays with rubbing alcohol

Is wiping with rubbing alcohol enough to sterilise seed starting trays or is bleach or hydrogen peroxide necessary?
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What caused the roselle seedlings to emerge like this?

I had planted some roselle seeds in a seed tray with an old mix of cocopeat, perlite, vermiculite and compost. The seeds were soaked in water before planting for some time. Now after eight days or so ...
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Seedlings have crispy, yellow tips

I germinated a variety of seeds and I now have the starts inside, under two full small spectrum LED lights. I'm using a couple different mediums. Some are in rock wool. Some are in a store-bought ...
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What do I do with over crowded tomato plants?

Very new to gardening, but trying to get it right! I put a lot of tomato seeds into one container and now they are growing. They are obviously too crowded. How do I correct my error? Can I lift them ...
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Growing wheat from grains

I want to grow wheat. Do I have to purchase special "seeds" or can I use the "whole grains" that I use at home? They are 100% Organic KAMUT wheat grains that I purchased from: ...
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Will my seeds stratify if I sowed them in summer?

I have seeds that generally need to be stratified (cold) before planting them. (Plum, apricot, cherry, peach). I didn't really care too much if they germinate, I just threw them in the soil as an ...
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Cold treatment for kernel germination while fighting fungus

I try to germinate stone fruits often in the fridge, inside a bag of peat moss. When I prepare the peat medium I wet it with rain water, but often the seeds/kernels rotten. I was wondering if I could ...
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Can I grow lithops from seed in the UK winter?

I just bought some lithops seed that I'd like to plant indoors in London, UK. Is this at all possible? Do I need artificial light? Do I need a heated propagator?
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Does season matter when seeds are grown?

I'd like to start growing houseplants from seed in the UK. Given that it's almost November, does this make any difference when it comes to growing indoors? It won't be quite as warm, but it will ...
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Why are my seeds getting moldy

This is the third time that I try to germinate seed, like strawberry raspberry kiwi and stuffs I put it in glass container with wet cotton balls in it Instead of the seeds germinate they always get ...
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How do I best sow moss?

I have some patches of bare earth in my back yard where the grass just will not grow. I figured I'd give a go at seeding it for moss, since I've heard that it works better for some poor soil ...
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When (and how) should I start seeds for bonsai?

On a walk through my neighborhood, I noticed that the trees are already dropping seeds, and I picked up several each of: Oak (exact species unknown) Maple (ditto) Japanese maple (ditto) If I wanted ...
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How to remove mucilage from dragon fruit seed for better germination?

I bought a yellow dragon fruit (Pitaya) and extracted the seeds. After soaking the seeds in water in preparation for sowing, I noticed that a thick clear sac (called mucilage) swelled around the seeds....
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What is this white mold growing in my germinating avocado roots?

It forms white textured bumps near the top of the root, underwater: This also happened to a previous avocado seed I started, and when the plant died after about 12 months, I dug up the roots, and ...
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No sun in apartment, options for seedlings/propagation?

I have roof apartment with northfacing windows and southfacing terrace. Unfortunatley, there is no windowstill on the windows, and roof angle means that any particular spot on the floor has direct ...
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Germinating Vinca and Petunia seeds fail

I'm trying to germinate Vinca and Petunia flowers from seeds, for over a month now. INFO I have multiple environment-conditions setups for the Vinca: Vinca setup 1: Seeds from last-year's flowers, ...
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Can sunlight kill seeds

I accidentally left a plastic container full of vegetable seeds under direct sunlight for several hours. The plastic container is translucent and became quite hot (above 60C, i.e. 140F) and ...
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Growing plant (e.g. date palm) from the seed of the dried fruit?

I would like to grow date palm from the seed as a house plant in my flat. I have no access to the fresh date fruit, I have access to the dried date fruit only with the seede (core). Can I use the seed ...
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New lawn has weed rampaging through it

I’ve just seeded a lawn about four weeks ago, and two days in I saw some green growth. I thought it was one of the clover varietals, but it turns out to be a plantain weed. Fast forward, it has ...
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What are the seeds I can preserve and use in my terrace garden? [closed]

I have preserved haldi (turmeric) since December and planning to plant during this month. This has worked great last year. I will like to know what are the other seeds those I can get from day to day ...
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Germinating native California grasses

I do a fair amount of habitat restoration work in California. This mostly consists of weeding, watering, maintenance, and some transplanting (of plants grown by other members of the group). I'd like ...
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What's wrong with the emerging root of my mango seed?

I recently started to germinate a mango seed in a damp paper towel. Today, when I went to check if the towel was still damp, I noticed that the once soft pink root has darkened from the tip. It also ...
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3 week old Lawn growing very patchy (Need Help)

I recently moved into a new house and the garden was horrible and basically had no grass, so I dug it all upturned the soil and removed all stones and weeks, really the soil looked great quality. I ...
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Too late to start plants inside? (Late April, Eastern Massachusetts, USA)

I'm no gardening hero but I like to grow flowers, herbs and a few vegetables from seed. Usually I start them indoors but this year I had trouble getting seeds because of the pandemic. The seeds ...
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Vegetables are sprouting way ahead of schedule -- what gives?

I bought some seed-starting contraptions from the home center and planted vegetable & herb seeds in them. That was on Sunday (four days ago). The packaging said that sprouts should emerge within 7 ...
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How do you grow beans from fresh beans bought from the supermarket?

All the tutorials that I could find on growing beans have said to find non-irradiated dry beans from a bag: I even found one article saying that beans can only sprout when they had been dried. ...
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