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How to Nick Seeds OR.

How to Nick Seeds OR.

How to Nick Seeds

Although most wildflower seeds can simply be scattered on bare dirt, there are several varieties that will have a better germination (sprouting) rate with just a little extra work before planting. Seeds such as Morning Glories, Lupine, Sweet Pea, and more have very hard seed coatings, which you can see just by looking at them. For the most successful (and quickest) germination of these seeds, you can scarify and soak the seeds before planting.Tough seed coats are nature’s way of protecting seeds from accidentally sprouting early. If water were to penetrate the seed coat as soon as the seeds were planted by the gardener (or dropped by the current generation's flowers) the endosperm inside each seed could be triggered to germinate at the wrong time. Imagine having your seeds sprout just before the arrival of winter, or during a devastating drought - either would make a terrible schedule for tender seedlings!

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To combat this unwanted outcome, some plants have developed thicker, tougher seed cases for their offspring. This allows the natural freezing and thawing cycles of winter (or exposure to a rainy season in warmer climates, or even passage through an animal's digestive tract) to slowly soften the seeds up, only permitting water to pass through and reach the endosperm when the correct time arrives. This built-in timing is why planting in fall is so successful for so many varieties - and is exactly what you're trying to outwit by scarifying seeds before sowing. 2Place the seeds in a bowl of tepid water and let soak overnight. As soon as the seeds start to noticeably swell, remove them from the water immediately and get them in the ground as soon as possible. You can also layer your seeds among damp peat moss, and store in a plastic baggie in the refrigerator overnight (or longer) to mimic a cold, wet spring.

This process is called stratification and is a common approach with milkweed seeds.Giant Teddy Bear Sunflowers are irresistibly fun to grow. Fully double fuzzy blooms are up to 8 inches wide, adding touchable texture to cut flowers and gardens. Their towering height, up to 7 feet tall, makes them a great choice for living fences and kid-friendly garden rooms. These fluffy flowers are long lasting both in the garden and as a cut flower. Sunflowers attract bees and butterflies, and seeds will feed the birds. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual. (HeAdd some star power to your garden or meadow with Bright Star Sunflowers. Pointed petals surround soft ochre-brown centers, for an attractive and elegant flower that looks beautiful planted en masse or to complement a mix of other sunflowers. With their radiant petals, these blooms reach up to 11 inches wide, on tall sturdy plants up to 6 feet tall. Sunflowers attract bees and butterflies, and seeds will feed the birds. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual. (Helianthus annuus) (Source:lianthus annuus) (Source: www.americanmeadows.com)

 

 

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