Tag: seeds

How To Test Seeds For Germination Rate

Germination rate is the term used to describe the percentage of seed from a particular plant species that will emerge when given the right conditions. The germination rate is important information to know ahead of time and helps the home gardener or farmer determine how thickly or thinly any given seed needs to be sown.…

When & How To Start Vegetable Seeds

Geranium Seedling

I don’t start too many vegetable plants indoors. That’s because houses are great for humans but are very unnatural for vegetables, herbs and annual flowers. Most homes are too dark, dry and hot. As a rule flower and vegetable plants do better if they are started in a greenhouse, cold frame or in a hot…

Soak Hard Seeds For Easier Germination

Using A Nail File To Cut Through A Hard Seed Shell

Sometimes hard seeds need a little help. Did you know that if you soak hard coated flower seeds like Morning Glories, Sweet Peas, Four O’clock or Moon Flowers in water for 24 hours before you plant them that they will germinate easier? It’s true. In nature hard seeds are usually dropped in the autumn. The…

The Difference Between Hybrid & Non Hybrid Seed

Seed Marigold

New gardeners are sometimes confused by the terms hybrid, non- hybrid or heirloom when shopping for vegetable or flower seeds. Here’s a quick primer. HYBRID SEED Hybrids are the result of breeding two distinct varieties of plant or animal. The offspring of such a mating produces a new variety of the same species that incorporates…

Egg Shell Seed Pots

Planting Geranium Seeds In Egg Shell Pots

Did you know that back in the days before commercial peat pots and plastic trays people used a half of an egg-shell to start seeds? That’s right. An egg-shell is a good container to sow a seed in. Egg shells are small, lightweight, porous, earth friendly and readily available. In fact egg shells are free…