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

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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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Mango seed root broken

I was trying to grow a mango from its seed, but unfortunately the root broke slightly in a train trip, as you can see in the picture. Do you think this mango still has any chance to service? ...
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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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Tamarind plant growth

Hello... I planted a tamarind seed eight months before and a little plant started gradually to grow.eight-months-ago but it still looks too weak and small,it is about ten strong textcentimeters long......
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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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Pepper plant sprouted with upward growing roots, why?

Okay first off, neither I nor anybody else uprooted the pepper plants. Yesterday, I saw a brown end on two of them which made me think that maybe they sprouted without leaves, since I had a tomato ...
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Plum seeds won't sprout

i've been trying to grow some wild plums from seed. They've spent two months in the fridge in a ziplock bag with some perlite and a bit of water, after that i've cracked them and placed the seeds in a ...
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Are seeds inside dried peppers still viable?

I'm trying to grow the Carolina Reaper chili pepper. Searching for "carolina reaper seeds" on Amazon shows quite a few scams. Some reviewers say after waiting months for the pepper to grow, they ...
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Starting seeds before the age of seed trays?

Related to this question Why is it best to start seeds in shallow trays? I'm questioning the need for seed trays. In particular I'm wondering how did folks start seeds before these mass produced ...
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Planted chili seeds in regular garden compost: should I dig them up and start again?

I ordered a variety of types of chilli seed (habanero, jalapeno, anaheim) because I can't buy these types of chilli here. I've never grown anything from seed before, so I think I approached this a bit ...
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Improving germination with Plasma activated water and lettuce seeds

I've been able to germinate about 90-95% of old seeds (about 15 year old bean seeds) using Plasma Activated water. But I can't get even one lettuce seed to germinate (same age 15 year old packet). ...
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Can you substitute Turface for Vermiculite?

I had a recipe for some seedling potting soil that called for vermiculite. I didn't have vermiculite. I did have Turface, so I used it instead of the vermiculite. I figure since Turface & ...
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Does chemical fertiliser have an effect on growing newly germinated seeds in darkness using the “Petri Dish” method?

The situation is as follows. I am using the "petri dish" method of germinating chilli (pepper) seeds. It is just a takeout container + paper towel + water. The seed is sitting on the paper, not ...
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Does sphagnum peat need to be sterilized for starting seeds?

I have been making my own seedling potting mix, but I have a few questions before I use it. (I posted a previous question about the amount of drainage needed) This question is about Sphagnum Peat. ...
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How much drainage in seedling potting mix?

I made my own seedling potting mix. It has 35% drainage and 65% water hold matter. Now, that I see it, I feel like it has too much drainage. I used roughly the same percentage of as Sungro's ...
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How to germinate seeds using the plastic bag method

I've been trying to germinate seeds (lavender and tomato seeds from store bought seed packets) using different ways of the paper towel in a plastic bag method that I've been reading from the internet ...
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Mold with hydroponic cultivation

I recently started a new hydroponic culture with an AeroGrow Aerogarden Harvest Slim. I put it in my house that doesn't have a good air circulation but bad neither; it's a standard room of ~40 square ...
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How to control mildew/mold growing on soil-less growing medium for (aloe) seed germination?

Help, I wanted to check in on the aloes I planted earlier this week. Making sure there are no problem. What I find is mildew has started to grow in this new moist environment. my instinct is to ...
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Should I cover my germinated lettuce seeds?

I tried germinating lettuce outdoors and had a poor germination rate. Then I read somewhere that they may need light to germinate (I had buried them). I grabbed a container with sifted compost I had ...
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Should I start seeds early indoors in my zone?

I am a pretty new gardener, this would be my second year. This year I tried starting a lot of hot peppers and eggplants, a lot of the peppers died before showing the first true leaves, lot of ...
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How deep and at what time of the day should I measure soil temperature?

I've never tried direct sowing. This year I want to try planting cucumber, watermelon, pumpkin, squash, zucchini and a few other directly outdoors. Mostly because I already have >150 little pots with ...
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Can I direct sow these plants now?

Since it is quite warm in Florida Zone 9b and will be for a long while, can I direct sow peppers and tomatoes in the garden instead of starting indoors? My plot gets about 6-7 hours of direct sun.
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Help identify this seedling (baobab?)

Can anyone identify this seedling? I bought (what I thought were) baobab seeds online. When they arrived they looked nothing like I expected, small and brown and glossy, resembling apple seeds (see ...
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Should I wait for cotyledons to show before exposing seedling to light?

I used to exclusively use the paper towel method for germinating seeds. Now I am trying soil blocks (I found some seeds germinate better if I don't cover them). And I was wondering when should I take ...
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What kind of seeds/pods are these?

I purchased these on the WISH app. They were under $1 and advertised as Monstera Seeds. I knew 100% that these were NOT monstera seeds, but had to snag them to try to figure out what they are. At ...
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Are hollow jujube seeds viable?

I’ve been reading conflicting articles on how to germinate jujube seeds. Some say to crack open the husk to extract the seed. Some say to plant the entire husk in the ground. I'll try both methods. ...
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Why did my Crassula Ovata sprout a new plant from the middle of the leaf?

Check out what I found on my Carssula Ovata this morning: And the back side: The leaf looks dry/dead because the plant suffered a severe burn from staying in a closed greenhouse in early spring (...
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Do plants germinated in heated bed need special care after emergence?

I am planning to start some seed indoors for next spring season. Since the weather is still a bit cold, I am going to be using a heated bed (actually it's a styrofoam box with some sensors and a heat ...
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How to germinate guava seeds?

Recently I received guava seeds from two of my friends. One is a red variety and other is a normal Guava variety. I planted the seeds on coco-peat three weeks ago and kept watering since then. I just ...
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Avocado seeds/stems, do I place in pot with soil, should I put them in a window?

I do not have a green thumb and have had zero success growing an avocado tree from a seed. That being said, while at work I placed some avocado seeds in water and they started to grow. The one on ...
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Chance for a tree to grow from common seed

There is a message being shared around on Facebook in Romania that basically asks the readers to keep the seeds and pits from fruit that they ate (fruit bought from supermarkets or local farmers) ...
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Avocado from seed - to prune or not to prune?

I trid to get an avocado tree started from a seed a couple of years ago. The advice from this website was to wait until it was around 6-7 inches tall, then cut it down to about three inches to ...
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How do I get a mango seed to go from the first shoot to a healthy plant?

I followed a video I found on youtube (can't find it again now), which said to wrap the seed in damp paper and leave in a plastic bag for a few weeks until the root and shoot started sprouting. I did ...
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What seed is this? Oak?

I had this seed for a long time in my kitchen in a dry container. I decided to see if I could just plant it in a pot. When I was inspecting it I sensed that the outer shell was now easily breakable. ...
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Optimally Starting Seeds

Live in Southern Ontario: Planting beet, carrot, green bean, and pea seeds directly into raised garden beds. I've seen in a few places a recommendation to soak the seeds for 12-24 hours in water ...
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Mango seedling has stem and leaves but no root!

I've got two problems with my mango seedlings: Problem #1 I have germinated a mango seed in water, it now has a decent stem and healthy-looking leaves. It is currently still in water, indoors, in ...
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Do I use grass seed or just weed and feed for dead lawn spot?

So I sprayed some weed killer and now my lawn has yellow dead spots all over. Maybe I made a mistake If I know it looks like this, I wouldn't even try. So how do I fix this now? Option A: Rake ...
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Growing Veggies from Seeds

I currently have beefsteak tomatoes, zucchini and peppers that I've started from seeds on May 8th in a seed starting tray indoors. They seem to be growing well under the light system I have setup. ...

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