Have you ever scattered a whole packet of 300 seeds, just to have 3 plants survive? Here’s a really easy, fast and great way to start seeds, a method we have been using for quite a few years!
It reduces the time of seed germination by 70%, and more than doubles the success rate as well!
If you have seeds that are a few years old, this is a great way to quickly test if they are still alive. We have been able to grow healthy plants from cabbage or tomato seeds that are over 5 years old!
This method is called pre-sprouting, or pre-germination. All you need is a plastic or glass container with lid. Clear ones will make it easier to see through, but not required as the seeds don’t need light to send out roots.
Put a piece of paper towel or white paper on the bottom of the container, add water till the paper towel is thoroughly moist, but no puddles of water. Sprinkle seeds in groups on the damp paper towel, close the lid, and make a note to yourself what type of seeds are where.
Here’s a close up of tomato and onion seeds sprouting!
Here is an extreme example of how much we love this method! =)
It may seem hard to pick up a tiny seed, but it really is quite easy. you can use a tooth pick, or just your fingers, which is what I do.
Start checking on them the next day. If the seeds are really fresh, some will germinate in as little as 1 day! The fastest ones include everything in the cabbage family – bok choi, broccoli, kale, cauliflower etc, and lettuce.
If you have a green thumb, this technique might make it greener!
Check out the link below for additional tips and resources on how to grow your seedlings strong and healthy.