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Soaking Seeds Before Planting

Soaking Seeds Before Planting

Soaking Seeds Before Planting

Are you just starting to grow from seed? That’s ok! It’s a great time to start! Growing from seed is a wonderful option for people who love gardening. All those seedlings can add up in price, and oftentimes there is a whole world of variety available to people who grow from seed. If you’re just getting started, and even if you’ve been growing from seeds for a while, it’s a good idea to soak seeds before planting. This can have a dramatic effect on your germination rate and overall success with gardening!Have you ever seen someone plant a seed and then cover it with dirt? Then, in a week or two, you see them pull the plant up to see its progress. This is how it is in the real world: you must let expectations go, sow your seed and then sit back and watch for the results.

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Some are too tiny to soak, and will just disintegrate. Others have been biologically programmed to sprout after going through a fire… why? Because that is when the competition for light and water has just died off! Some seeds have a very thick shell and are used to passing through the digestive system of an animal and thus can benefit from a method called scarification before soaking. Every seed is different. With a little research, you can discover what the optimal conditions for your seeds are.Gardens are often pretty forgiving. The plants we see all around us wouldn’t be here if nature didn’t have that wonderful little trick of finding a way to survive. That being said, we’re often trying to trick plants from the other side of the world into growing in a place that isn’t their natural climate or growing conditions. Because that is so often the case, soaking your seeds is a great way to start your seeds life.

The seed coat is a part of the seed’s natural defenses against the harsh forces found in nature. It prevents the seed from sprouting when conditions are not at their finest. By seed soaking, you’re telling the seed that it’s the right time to germinate and begin becoming a plant. For gardeners who seek out their precious sweet pea seeds and bring them safely inside for storage, those seeds won’t come up against the normal forces they would in nature that over time would wear down the seed coat. It might pass through a digestive system, or be walked over by animals, or stuck between rocks. Come late fall or early winter when it’s time to start the growing process, a gardener would soak the seeds after nicking the seed coat and soaking for 24 hours. This process mimics what the seed would go through in nature, but does it when and where the gardener wants it to grow. This process is called seed scarification. (Source:www.epicgardening.com)

 

 

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