Have you saved seed from your vegetable garden or traded for seed during a seed swap? Have you provided space for them in your spring garden?
Here’s a tip worth your consideration. Find those seeds and start germination testing. Why? Germination of 50% or below should send you to your 2016 seed catalogs for replacements. Doing this now insures you will find the replacements available instead of “out of stock”.
Save time and money as a low germination rate will require double the seed sown for an expected yield.
An easy technique for germination:
- Gather paper towels and zip-lock bags
- Moisten the paper towel
- For large seeds a minimum of 10 seeds ( ie.: watermelon, gourd, winter squash, summer squash, sunflower, pumpkin, beans, peas)
- For small seeds a minimum of 25 seeds ( ie.: eggplant, sweet pepper, hot pepper, tomato, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, spinach)
- Place seed in moistened towel with spacing between seeds and fold towel in half. Be sure to label the bag with the seed name.
- Place in zip-lock bag and seal.
- Place the zip-lock bag in a warm place providing temperatures of 70-85 degrees.
- Check the bag every 3-5 days for signs of germination.The seed coat should be bursting and either a plant shoot should be on the top of the seed and/or a root on the opposite end.
- All the seeds in the bag should germinate at the same rate of time for the seed type.
- A 50% germination rate for 10 seeds would be 5 seeds.
- A 50% germination rate for 25 seeds would be 13 seeds.
Any questions? Do not hesitate to contact me!!