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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 to transplant seedlings from coco peat germination medium to soil

I am using coco peat (fine coconut pith with some coconut husk fibers) as a soilless sterile germination medium for seeds. After a seed has germinated, when should I transplant the seedling into soil? ...
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Improving prunus germination

Whenever I eat stone fruit from my garden or the farmer's market, I toss the pits in a big planter. The planter is protected from rodents with 1/4-inch mesh and insulated with leaves over winter. ...
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How to avoid damaging seedling roots during transplanting from coco peat germination medium

The coco peat I have is a mix of dried and thoroughly washed fine coconut pith, and some coconut husk fibers. I have been using the coco peat as a germination medium for cress (Lepidium sativum) and ...
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How much water should I add to coco peat to germinate seeds?

I am trying to germinate some alfalfa (Medicago sativa) seeds in coco peat. I bought a bag of dried coco peat at a store. The coco peat consists of coconut husk pith and some coconut husk fibers. I ...
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Available (soluble?) vs. total phosphorus for seed starting

I'm going into my second year starting seeds in soil blocks, and this year I'm switching from a prepackaged fertilizer mix to making my own. I'm going largely from Elliot Coleman's original soil block ...
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Growing stone fruit (peach) from Pit

(I'm in the Southern Hemisphere, in equivalent of hardiness zone 9B - I have a thriving plum tree on my property, and previously a peach tree which died of old age). Thus far I have taken a couple of ...
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How do hot-water baths not kill plant seeds?

I've got some lupine seeds with me, and the instructions tell me to start it in a bath of hot water 180 - 200 F. Everything I know about, um, basic biology, tells me that this will cook the seeds. But ...
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Best Seed Drill for Planting Perennials with Small Seeds in a Large Garden Area?

I am planning to plant a variety of perennials on a 1000 m2 area in my garden, and the seeds I'll be using are quite small. I want to achieve a precise and efficient planting pattern with 10cm spacing ...
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Janerik plum from seeds

I'm trying to grow janerik plums from seed. All of the online advice I've seen is about European plums (e.g. the "paper towel and water in a ziplock bag in the fridge" thing), and this is ...
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Recommendations for a Precision Seeder for Planting Perennial Seeds in a 100-cell Tray [closed]

I am looking for recommendations on a precision seeder that is suitable for planting perennial seeds in a 100-cell tray. The seeds I am working with are very small, and I need a seeder that can handle ...
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Trouble growing radish seeds

Recently I've been trying out growing seeds in a seedling tray, I sowed them about a week and a half ago but they've seemed to make little progress. They were kept in a little greenhouse tray and not ...
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Do blueberry seeds germinate when submerged in water?

There are some videos that appear to show blueberry seeds germinating in nothing but water, for example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpHXa66fc9E. I cannot find any information on this outside ...
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Why are microgreens considered a healthy food?

Recently I saw seedlings on sale. And the seller said that these seedlings can be eaten and are very useful for health. They are also known as microgreens. I was very interested in this and I found ...
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Why are coriander plants dying?

I have lovely coriander in my window sill. After they grew really big, the stem began withering while the bushy coriander became brown. Is it because they reached seeding stage? How can I germinate so ...
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Starting Iris Seeds Indoors

I placed some bearded iris seeds in moistened commercially produced starting/potting mix at the end of January and placed them in the refrigerator. Per some instructions I had found on YouTube, I ...
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Leaves of tomato seedlings in starting mix yellow from start

I started tomatoes indoors under CFLs like I have for years, but this year every one of my tomatoes have yellow sickly-looking cotyledon/first leaves and are taking forever to develop their first true ...
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Frost seeding vs. hoof seeding vs. driving over seeds with tractor for improving pasture

There should be a pasturing or grazing community to ask such a question, but I suppose gardening and landscaping is as close as I can get. I am trying to improve a few acres of pasture (for sheep), ...
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Gardening with negative or positive ORP (oxidation reduction potential) water

Gardening with negative or positive ORP (oxidation reduction potential) water. I know ORP is related to Ph but has anyone done any experiments with negative ORP vs Positive ORP growth? From soaking ...
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Tomato seedling care

This is my first time trying to grow from seeds (or from anything for that matter) and my tomato seedlings sprouted up pretty rapidly over the past 2 days. Most of the guides I've seen have ...
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How I can keep a seedbed warm till transplant without having the main power on (using solar powerbank)?

I have a sunny spot in my summer house. But because I visit it once a week it has the main power off. The same is with heating as well. In this spot I want to place a seeder with total of 24 seeder ...
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Disagreeing info on growing black pine from seed

I recently came to possess a bonsai starter kit, and among the contents were some black pine seeds. The booklet included with the kit instructs me to prepare these seeds by soaking them in water for 3-...
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what do I have to prepare for prevention of molds in germination of a plant?

question I want to prevent molds while I'm germinating plants. condition when I first tried to grow a chili pepper, people suggested me to use wet paper towels for germination. (http://www....
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Why my seedlings died within few hours?

I got seed and pot to grow carrots. They sprouted little tiny plants. As they are in windowsill I put them out in sun for few hours. It was fine but today after few hours they tried up and seem burnt? ...
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What is the proper way to germinate seedlings?

So this was my first year of doing a vegetable garden and I have had some hits and misses. My main miss seems to be with starting my seeds indoors under a grow light. I watch Monty Don of Gardeners ...
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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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