S. Stoneman

@igrowpot

Active 1 year, 8 months ago
Watching the new seeds that were germinated yesterday and trying a new method this time. Last few rounds I’ve been soaking in water, but had 50% failure rate last time so looking for something more reliable. Do you have a favorite method of germination? I’m an utter failure at UFO (paper towels between two plates) and so am trying something […] View
  • S. Stoneman posted an update 1 year, 8 months ago

    Watching the new seeds that were germinated yesterday and trying a new method this time. Last few rounds I’ve been soaking in water, but had 50% failure rate last time so looking for something more reliable. Do you have a favorite method of germination?
    I’m an utter failure at UFO (paper towels between two plates) and so am trying something similar but in a tupperware container.

    • Strange I’ve had pretty good success with the paper towel/ plate method. Couple of initial thoughts…

      1) Where did you source your seeds? Are you sure of the quality?
      2) Are you using raw tap water?
      3) Are you putting your seeds in a warm place? I put mine on top of the fridge where it’s nice and warm.

        • @aporay – Yes purchased seeds from reputable breeders that I’ve used before. I use rain water for everything as that’s all I have. Yes, they were in a warm place. The tupperware / towel seems to produce much better results that UFO towel (two plates) and it was also a better time biodynamically for planting.
        • Make sure you keep the seeds damp – don’t let them dry out during the process … they have to stay saturated (but not overly soaked). Keeping the seeds warm (on top of the fridge is a great suggestion by @aporay) will also help you successfully germinate.
            • Good point Δ-9! they can dry out before you know it. Especially once your furnace switches on and sucks the humidity out of your home.
                • @Δ-9 and @aporay– I know all about that. Can’t tell you how often in the past I’ve gone to check the towels after only a few hours AND the towel has gone dry. That’s why I don’t use or recommend that method. The tupperware trick came from the head grower over at Delicious Seeds. And I’m pretty pleased with the results. Thanks everyone for joining in.