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Germination Guide Infographic


Seed germination this spring season is going to be easy if you follow the guide below!


  1. Line the inside of a matchbox with fine grit sandpaper. Place seeds inside and shake for a minute.

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  2. Mix 1oz 3% hydrogen peroxide with 1/2 cup water to make a solution that is approximately 0.5% hydrogen peroxide. Wet a paper towel and place the scuffed seeds on the paper towel.
  3. Fold the paper towel to cover the seeds and place into a plastic bag. Place the bag in a warm spot and check daily for signs germination.
  4. As soon as the tap root has emerged from the shell, the seed is ready to be planted. Pre-mix soil to be damp, but not soggy. Using a grow pot or cup with drainage holes, gently pack the dirt into the cups taking care to avoid air gaps. 
  5. Make a shallow impression and place your seed in it with the root tip down. Cover the seed with a thin layer of moist dirt. Do not water from the top until the seedling has emerged.
  6. Help ensure adequate humidity by loosely covering the cup with a plastic bag secured with a rubber band. Place the cup in a warm room close to a grow light.
  7. The seedling will emerge and the round cotyledon leaves will open in 2-7 days. Avoid watering until the seedling has emerged. 
  8. Once the first set of true leaves has emerged, gradually remove the plastic bag over the course of several hours to harden off the seedling. Take care to avoid over watering.


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Our team at the Seed Cellar is confident in the use of this seed germination method bringing our gardeners success every year.