Seed Germination

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Seed Germination

Postby Bren » Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:30 pm

Have anyone seen the report by Which gardening on the poor germination of some seeds, they found that only 57% of white lisbon spring onions from Unwins germinated instead of th required 70%. Simpsons Hesta runner bean seed 41% germinated instead of 80% legal minimum. Dobies and Suttons were found to have good germination, Nicky's nurseries managed 94% healty seeds.
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Re: Seed Germination

Postby Westi » Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:07 pm

Hi Bren

I hadn't seen the report but had observed variable germination rates
in my sowings which I put down to me and the weather. Probably
is me & the weather but maybe :roll:

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Re: Seed Germination

Postby FelixLeiter » Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:16 pm

Those are not altogether surprising results. Onion seed is notoriously capricious, although if the company is selling fresh seed, it should have reached the prescribed target. Suttons and Dobies (the same company) pride themselves in selling quality seeds, and true-to-type, so I'm glad that their quality has been endorsed. Was there any mention of T&M in the Which? report, Bren?
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Re: Seed Germination

Postby Bren » Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:52 pm

FelixLeiter Thompson and Morgan were mentioned in the flower seed Begonia when 39% of the seed were dead,
It says research found that 7 of the 17 leading suppliers failed to meet minimum germination but didn't name them.
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Re: Seed Germination

Postby Bren » Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:58 pm

I forgot to say I didn't read the orignal report, what I read was in one of our local newspapers.
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