- Oct 15, 2017
- Reaction score
- mid-Michigan, USoA
Last year I had some issues with poor germination. I think a lot of my seeds just rotted when I placed them in the moist seed starting soil, so this year I am trying pre-sprouting most of them. So far getting the seeds hydrated under a moist paper towel set inside a clear plastic container is working pretty good. I am able to open the lid to moisten the paper towel once a day or so, and I can check on the seed's germination progress by looking at them from below (since it's a transparent container). The seeds get lots of air this way as well. In the photo below the flat rectangular container holds scallion seeds; they showed signs of sprouting after just two days. I'll probably wait a couple of more days, and then plant them in small 6-cells. Today I put some pansies,lettuce, and peppers to pre-sprout. Last week I figured out that there are a few seeds such as mustard that sprout so quickly that this method isn't beneficial; mustard pops in just a day or two, and is best poked directly in to the soil (after three days I had a tangled container full of microgreens that tasted like spicy horseradish). So this afternoon I started some Tah Tsai pac choi too-- but in 3/4" soil blocks, without presprouting. Good chance they will be up in a matter of days.
this is the kind of thing learned by experience and you get to call yourself an expert if you can repeat things a few years in a row and have good results. keep at it!