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Seed Germination -

  • There are many ways to germinate seeds, but my favorite and the one that has been the most successful for us comes from Matthew DeBacco -
  • Here is another tutorial by Jordan Rivington that is similar and shows some good details -
  • If you are new to this, it is essential that you practice during the winter with some throw away seeds to get your technique down pat. Not a bad idea to do a trial run each year even when you think you have it mastered. Once the time comes to start your seeds you don't have a huge window for starting over.
  • We start the germination process on April 1st. Since we live in a very hot region we want to be able to pollinate in early June when we have a shot at temperatures in the low ninties.
  • Here are the specifics of our procedure:
    • Seeds are labeled with a Sharpie fine tip pen
    • Seeds are filed (except the point)
    • Seeds are soaked for six (6) hours at room temperature in a solution of:
      • 200 ml Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)
      • 800 ml Water
      • 1 teaspoon of Kelp powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon Humax (12% Humic Acid)
    • Per the above procedure, the seeds are individually placed in a large paper towel (made moist with the soaking solution) and then placed in individual baggies. these are them placed in the germination chamber set to 88 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • The seeds are examined at 24 hours and every 12 hours thereafter. If the towel has become too dry it is re-moistened (remember it must be moist, but not wet - I dip in the solution then hand squeeze it as dry as possible).
    • Once seeds germinate they are planted to peat pots.

Potting -


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