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Questions tagged [germination]

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

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How hot can soil get if daily temperatures persist above 100°F?

I am doing some research on ponderosa pines and climate change. I am currently trying to find (with no luck) how hot soil can get if subjected to direct daily sunlight with temperatures exceeding 100°...
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How do I harvest acorns from a Palestinian Oak (Quercus calliprinos) for planting?

I've got one of these growing by my house, and it's full of acorns. Some have fallen, but most are on the tree and are green (starting to turn brown at the end.) I want to grow a bunch of them for a ...
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Do pineapples grow more than a single fruit when grown from seeds?

I read somewhere (here, actually, but it's in Hebrew) that when planted from seeds, the pineapple plant will produce fruit multiple times. In the English appendix on page 71 it doesn't mention that ...
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How do i germinate these orchid seeds that i bought from ebay?

I was trying to germinate these orchid seeds that I bought from ebay, but its hard, what is the proper way/another way to germinate them if they dont look like the very white tiny ones, that need ...
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Starting Coccinia grandis from ripe fruit

I have, at last, laid my hands on a few Coccinia grandis fruits that have ripen on the vine itself. See the attached image: I would love to grow the plant from these seeds. Is it possible, at all? ...
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Do I need CO2 to grow aquarium plants?

I'm looking at growing some aquarium grass to entertain my fish. The instructions that I read keep talking about CO2 injection. Will my aquarium plants grow with out adding CO2? How do I add it?
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Can I start germinating plant seeds indoors in August, and keep them inside for planting next April?

I intuitively feel this is wrong, but I'd like to start the seeds of a plant indoors now, in August, and keep the young plants in containers until the next spring. I'd want to transplant them outside ...
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What should I do with multiple pots with a lot of young Jalapeños seedlings?

Recently I have been interested in starting growing chillies. The first thing I did was buy some seeds online, 50 jalapeño seeds. I planted them all (yes I know it's a mistake) in a small/medium pot. ...
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Starting seeds in the ground during summer

I heard from a friend that Lunaria annua seed should be started now (July-August) (directly in the ground) since this is their natural time for starting (without human intervention). She actually says ...
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Growing Strawberry Tree from Fruit

I am very heartbroken to have had to have my beautiful mature Strawberry Tree taken out. I could not afford to have it transplanted, but I want to preserve it in some way. I did not think to ask for ...
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Starting shallot advice

OK, I have been attempting to get a shallot bed going the last couple years. I chose to go with seeds, but really have had little luck. If I start inside I have had little luck transplanting. I may ...
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Do nitrates really encourage weed germination?

I've heard that nitrates increase weed germination. Is this true? If so feel free to mention what forms of nitrates encourage them to sprout most, if you happen to know (e.g. ammonium nitrate, calcium ...
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I have planted some seeds but they don't grow to a full plant, why is this?

I bought some seeds such as the following (pepper), but there are also seeds of other plants. I'll use this one as an example. In the back, there are instructions: It instructs to plant in a 0,5cm ...
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Is this rose seed going to germinate?

I am trying to germinate this rose seed, first I soaked this one seed into the egg incubator at 40 celsius lukewarm temperature water for nearly 1 week or less. Before when it was unsoaked I saw its ...
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Do wireworms eat germinated seeds?

My garden seeds did not come up this year and in the past I had problems with wireworms. Would wire worms or sow bugs destroy germinated seeds that did not come up through the soil? None of the ...
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Is it late to seed? weather 90s , end of May.

I bought Turf Builder Grass Seed Sun and Shade Mix for my yard. I live in Kansas City and weather was around 70s but now all the sudden 90s and seems like it will be 90s for a while. Can I seed now or ...
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Seeding grass with milorganite

I used weed killer almost 2 weeks ago and I think I am ready to seed and fertilize. My yard is around 9.000 sq ft and backyard gets lots of sun light but my trees block the half part so half part is ...
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Helicopters on new grass seed

Emergency --- Today I planted new grass near/under a maple tree. Now the helicopters are starting to fall. Is their a way to protect my new grass from invading seeds? Would it work to put burlap ...
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How to prepare soil for seeding?

I have lots of weed in my backyard and I think I will seed for a green lawn! I was planning on installing sod but I think I will go with the seed. What should I do before I seed? Can I use weed killer ...
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How to grow grass in the shade?

I live in NW Pennsylvania and in the woods. I've tried everything to get grass to grow under the trees. I've put down peat moss and fertilizer and seed for shade but it won't take, I get just moss. ...
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Is using Miracle Grow potting mix good for starting seeds?

So, over a week ago, I started to grow tomatoes from seeds using topsoil, specifically Scott's premium topsoil. After realizing it's full of crap, bark, sticks, etc., I restarted today using Miracle ...
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How to retrofit seed starting trays to prevent root circling

I grow plum trees from pits using seed starting trays: Unfortunately, I have a problem where the roots of the seedlings grow in circles around the bottom of the cavities of the trays. The circling ...
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Tree saplings in my lawn?

Parts of my lawn are full of these. I thought they were weeds when they were smaller and now they are looking like tree saplings. Is that what they are? Maple saplings? How do I get rid of them from ...
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How can I transfer white comfrey from the front garden to the back garden by seed?

I have successful white comfrey in the front garden with hundreds of flowers. Presumably the flowers contain the seeds. Can I grow new white comfrey in the back garden by planting large numbers of ...
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How can I tell if white comfrey seeds have been fertilised?

I have white comfrey in the front garden with hundreds of flowers. I want to grow it in the back garden. My method has been to transfer many fallen flowers to the back garden and plant them there. ...
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Japanese Maple Seedlings Dying For No Apparent Reason

I'm trying to grow Japanese Maples from Seeds. I had over 100 germinate this year and now I think they're all dead. One the seedling reaches an inch plus, it puts out true Japanese maple leaves. After ...
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Some tomato seeds have died… whats happening?

I have had some tomato seedlings growing in my little green house (or grow room) for about a week now. This morning I went down to check on everything (I check morning and night) and tonight I noticed ...
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How long does it take to grow Tagasaste (Tree Lucerne) from seed?

I am planning to plant a few dozens of Tagasaste (Tree Lucerne) on my section in Southland, New Zealand in August/September this year. I have read a few instructions on how to germinate seeds and ...
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How important is seed orientation/direction?

What are the effects of different seed orientations on germination and further development? Could it make a significant difference in germination rate, survival, or even growth rate? I wonder how ...
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What if the seeds sown outdoors are covered by a transparent cover in the initial stage?

I recently started Echinacea angustifolia from seeds indoors, and I noticed an incredible speed and reliability of germination achieved just by covering the seed tray with transparent plastic sheet (...
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Design and effectiveness of seed bombs / seed balls

I recently heard about seed balls (small balls of clay, soil and seeds mostly used to add plants to abandoned areas) and while I very much like the idea I was a little bit skeptical of their ...
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How do you determine the viability of tomato sprouts?

We have a handful of tomato plants from seed which sprouted before we got grow lights. Most of them look like: Should we just accept these won't make it? They don't look like I would think they ...
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How to increase chance of maple seed sprouting?

It is official. My momma is looking for a house to move in to. If everything goes well, she will get the house in August and move everything that we want to move over the next few months afterwards. ...
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What is this whitish feather on my Echinacea seedlings?

My multicell container with Echinacea seeds was covered with a transparent nylon cover for several days, and I just removed it, and spotted an unusual thing. Take a look at this white stuff in the ...
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What is it best way of starting Eryngium giganteum umbelliferae from seed?

I was attracted to the wild, fantastic forms of Eryngium giganteum umbelliferae (also known as Miss Willmott's ghost), so I ordered a pack of seeds from a local seed shop: I also received the ...
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What is the correct way of placing echinacea seed in soil?

Some of the internet sites claim that echinacea seed should be placed at a small depth of 1/4 inch into soil, but not covered at that time, the reason being that they need light to germinate. And just ...
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Is 60w LED enough light for 0.25m2?

I started tomato, pepper and melon plants indoors a couple of weeks ago (start February). The plants will eventually go out in a greenhouse, but probably not until May. Will 2 x 30W (2100-2400 lumens) ...
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Starting on a Grassy lawn in time for Spring?

im in zone 6a and I just recently moved into a home with a fenced in backyard. It has a large-ish raised bed...but i'd actually like to do an in-ground garden this year since i've never had the chance ...
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Temperature on the radiator

So I am having difficulty sprouting my chili seeds using the ENO method (wet cloth) because I believe the temperature at my place fluctuates too much between 16°C during the day when I'm working and ...
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What is the best temperature to germinate Haworthiopsis limifolia seeds?

I have a batch of Haworthiopsis limifolia seeds that I collected from my own plants and would like to sow. I won't ask when to sow them, because your climate may differ. I will rather ask what ...
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Will this Cherry tomato sprout ever grow its first leaves?

I have planted three cherry tomato seeds. One has sprouted among them, but for the past two days its leaves are not emerging from the seeds. It’s the same as shown in the picture below. I'm also ...
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Is it possible to plant iris seeds in early spring?

I've saved seeds from my irises from last spring with the intention of planting them. However, most of the guides I've read have suggested planting them in the autumn. Is it possible to plant the ...
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Is it normal that heat mats for plants do *not* have 3-prong, grounded plugs? [closed]

I'm searching for some 2-4ft long 1-2ft wide heat mats to start plant seeds and cuttings on. In shopping around on Amazon I see that most (or all so far) heat mats have polarized 2-prong plugs. ...
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Can I grow a mini-sized date plant from a fresh seed?

Is it possible to create a plant from a fresh date seed in a mini pot? When I say "mini" I mean a pot with diameter of maybe 6cm, like this one? (see image below) I already tried this 3 times with 3 ...
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How should I store wildflower seeds embedded in a piece of cotton, for several months before planting?

I live in Massachusetts, in the Northeast section of the United States. My growing zone is USDA 6a, which means that our winter temperatures can get as low as -10°F/-23.3°C. I was recently given a ...
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Why is my mango seed turning green but not sprouting?

I planted a mango seed six weeks ago, the seed itself turned green and it seems to me I can see a root forming down into the soil. Yet after all this time there is no sprout coming up. I'm a bit ...
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How should I grow mexican sunflowers (Tithonia) from seed?

I want to put Mexican (Tithonia) sunflower seeds directly in the ground. If they were regular sunflower seeds, I would sow ithem directly in the garden, and I would put twice as many seeds close ...
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Planting yucca seed sprouts

I had some yucca seeds and I put them on a wet paper towel to germinate. In about a week they started to sprout, producing small white stalks as seen in this photo (not mine) I then planted the ...
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Is every pea a potential seed?

As the pea seeds from the gardening store look the same to me like the dried ones from the supermarket, I'd ask myself the question if I could use those for growing them as Microgreens? Is this ...
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What are the ideal germination conditions for herbs and leafy greens?

I'm new to home gardening. I just bought Sustainable Seed Company's Herb Collection (Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Lavender, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme) and Mountain Valley Seed Company'...