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Do potatoes produce seeds that you can store and/or replant?

Most potatoes, as far as I know, have the ability to flower and set fruit. The fruits, known as berries, are small green globes reminiscent of tomatoes, which makes sense seeing as how they're in the ...
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Do vegetable seeds have a shelf life?

Yes, all seeds have an average "life span", but the length varies between species and is greatly influenced by storage conditions like temperature, humidity and light. As a rule of thumb, dry, cool ...
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Do potatoes produce seeds that you can store and/or replant?

The tubers that are used for "seed potatoes" are grown and harvested exactly the same way as other potatoes, except for one thing. Like other members of the same plant family (e.g. tomatoes),...
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Why are weeds growing with my new seeds?

Weed seeds in the soil won't be affected by a contact or systemic (such as glyphosate) weedkiller that acts on green leaves. Regular mowing will get rid of some of the taller weeds. Otherwise, wait ...
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What does soaking hot pepper seeds in weak tea accomplish?

The aim of it is to mimic the action of a bird's intestines prior to pooing out the seed - many seeds which pass through a bird's digestive system germinate more readily, because the outer coating of ...
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I need to grow one radish plant per pot, for a science experiment. How many seeds do I plant?

If you really need one plant growing in the center of the pot, then get 3 or 4 pots, mark them with numbers (so you don't bias your experiment by choosing the one that is "growing the best" or ...
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What is this tree with twisted bark, fern-like leaves and bright red flowers?

This is a Delonix regia, a tree very similar to more famous Albicia julibrissin, but with entirely different flowers: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delonix_regia On propagation, from www.thespruce....
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What is this whitish feather on my Echinacea seedlings?

That looks like fine root hairs on the hypocotyl of a normal , healthy seedling still in the cotyledon stage. These root hairs greatly increase the surface area of the root and are thought to aid in ...
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Does keeping lettuce seeds in an open package affect their viability?

Yes, this will affect the seeds' viability but depending on your climate, it may not be enough to worry you. In general, lettuce seeds last about 2-5 years. If your climate is hot and humid, the ...
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Is using tomato slices really viable for starting seedlings?

Think of how tomatoes grow "in the wild" fruit drops to the ground, slowly rots, and when conditions are right a new plant emerges. So cut open the fruit and cover it in soil, the results are not ...
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Why am I having trouble with lettuce germination?

Lettuce, while now bred into dozens on varieties, originally comes from the Mediterranean, an area with hot and dry summers. A mechanism called thermo-inhibition prevents the seeds to sprout when the ...
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How should I store wildflower seeds embedded in a piece of cotton, for several months before planting?

What a nice gesture of this animal hospital, sorry to hear about your loss. The best way to keep these seeds is in a dry and cool environment. So not in the fridge (too much moist), and not above the ...
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Disagreeing info on growing black pine from seed

I'm assuming a couple of things here: The booklet did not give a botanical name for "black pine". Note that a quick internet search yielded three different species of black pines (Pinus ...
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What is this bush with small yellow flowers and an orange substance in the stems?

This is definetively Chelidonium majus or greater celandine. In the US it's a neophyte, probably imported by early settlers that used the orange milk to treat warts1 and other skin conditions. It ...
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Why germinate seeds outside of soil?

Depends on the plant and its seed - some seeds might be hard to germinate in soil, so its more successful to germinate them on wet towels, or they may require a period of cold in order to trigger ...
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Can I simultaneously kill off grass and sow wildflower seed?

I thought of doing the same on a piece of land I own. I thought a lot about it, and now I finally got the chance of building a new house on that property. So what I'm thinking now is I'll wait after ...
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Planting too many seeds in small pot

Your plants will have to compete with each other for light, and root space. Because they are so packed and crowded, none of the plants will grow optimal this way. If you just want basil cress, you can ...
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Why are weeds growing with my new seeds?

I used to live near a retired professional gardener who had worked in English "stately home" gardens where lawns (acres of them) were a key feature. One of his pieces of advice was "...
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Can I start Cannabis sativa out of edible husked seeds bought in grocery store

Are you absolutely certain that the seeds you've bought are Cannabis sativa? I'd be very surprised if they are, they're much more likely to be Cannabis indica, commonly known as hemp seeds, and they ...
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I need to grow one radish plant per pot, for a science experiment. How many seeds do I plant?

If its radishes, and only one small pot, plant 3 or 4 seeds - thin out later after germination, when they've developed two true leaves each (the first 'leaves' are the cotyledons, and don't count) to ...
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How long does it take for mint sprouts to grow true leaves?

To answer your title question, true leaves usually appear in 2-3 weeks. Those seedlings look like they need more direct sunlight. From your photo the seedlings, especially those in the red ...
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How long does it take for mint sprouts to grow true leaves?

I have never grown mint from seed. I always get a little start instead. But I was pleasantly surprised you planted them in small pots! That is usually the biggest mistake. What I am seeing is too ...
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Planting yucca seed sprouts

They look fine. Roots will find its way down automatically via gravity, let nature take its course. The cotyledons (first leaves) will open soon. Nice that you have seeds from Yucca, most people use ...
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What's the best way to grow Crocosmia from seed?

We frequently buy cut flowers and enjoy them on our dining room table. Once spent, we toss them out the back door into the azalea hedge beside a little creek that runs behind our house. Lo and behold, ...
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Is using tomato slices really viable for starting seedlings?

I wouldn't do the slice method. In addition to what you stated in the question the other issue is that if it is the seed from a hybrid you most certainly aren't going to get the same tomato variety as ...
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What is this bush with small yellow flowers and an orange substance in the stems?

This looked interesting so I tried to search for it. Not sure but looks like Chelidonium. Flowers and leaves look the same, seed pod and even the yellow to orange latex in the stem. One thing to note ...
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Should I rub my nasturtium seeds with a nail file before planting?

This process is called scarification. It can be a pretty low tech operation as the suggestion of a nail file indicates. The purpose is to allow water to penetrate the hull of the seed and send the ...
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What's the best germination temperature for Grand Rapids lettuce?

It does sound quite hot for lettuce germination. For those of us in the US, that works out to 62F at night, 81F during the day. Grand Rapids is an heirloom variety from here where I live in the Great ...
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How best to Germinate Sweetcorn

This is kinda sweet...yes, Davidgo, you can germinate your corn (please make sure the package is labeled NON-GMO) by soaking the kernels in water the night before you plant. Chickens are worth the ...
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Growing Strawberries in Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia (Winter season)

My suggestion would be to examine the efforts of a similarly hot country such as Israel. There have been some efforts to grow strawberries in the hot season there. The Israelis have a long tradition ...
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