Top tips to start seed off

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Re: Top tips to start seed off

Postby Westi » Fri May 26, 2017 8:12 pm

Hi Pawty!

I think I agree with Johnboy! My only surviving greenhouse cucumber was sulking big time, but my grafted tomatoes were in flower so I mixed up the tom feed & just watered it on the whole lot of pots. The little sad cucumber has perked up along with my aubergine which was also on strike!

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Re: Top tips to start seed off

Postby Pa Snip » Fri May 26, 2017 8:17 pm

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Re: Top tips to start seed off

Postby mayjorblayke » Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:20 pm

Pawty wrote:Hi,

Just starting to plan what to grow this year at the allotment. I don't have a greenhouse so have to start seed off in windowsills and my cold frame so space can be a bit of an issue ( especially with two naughty cats who have made there mission in life to knock everything I grow on the floor).To save space and maximise germination does anyone have any top tips?
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I just read KGs December edition and noticed that rob starts parsnips off on damp kitchen paper which is then placed in ziplock bag - and says it saves space and you can see when the seed germinates. He then plants all the germinated seed into invidual pots. What a great idea! Do you think this method would work for other seeds?

Beans I'll probably continue growing in root trainers as have been quite successful. Broad beans go straight in ground. Tomatoes and chillies i tend to put 5 -10 seeds in a pot and place in propagator in the windowsill.

Any and all tips would be much appreciated.

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plants always seem to catch up with the earlier sown ones without any detriment. Germination is never the problem but then keeping the seedlings light and warm enough before they go out, so, this year I am definitely, definitely, definitely not going to start early .......
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Re: Top tips to start seed off

Postby judyk » Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:13 am

I always use the damp paper method for peas, courgettes and squashes, and I suspect it's a good idea for most big seeds with a hard thick coat. If I can get them I use plastic or polystyrene supermarket yoghurt or cream pots with a translucent snap-on lid, and put the seeds in the bottom between a couple of layers of damp kitchen paper. The lid keeps the paper damp and lets some light through, which I like to think helps the seeds to work out which way is up, and allows you to see if anything is sprouting. It needs to be in a warm spot to avoid mould, and you need to check the kitchen paper regularly and keep it damp. The plus is that it also makes good use of the pots and keeps them out of landfill.
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Re: Top tips to start seed off

Postby Westi » Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:12 pm

I was advised by a clever chap you can check your parsnip seeds prior to sowing to ensure they have an embryo showing (a wee spot) & put on damp paper towels will be a double check it is viable as you will get a wee root, so you get no gaps in your row! I can report it works well as I also had to move them to get the tunnel erected last year & they were just fine without forking, but they were tiny. No plans for moving them next year but deffo going to check each seed for the 'spot'! I was pretty amazed at how many didn't.
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Re: Top tips to start seed off

Postby Carolcarrot » Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:01 am

I always sprout seeds in special sells, cover them with cling film with small holes. Place them on the windowsill in the kitchen, where my cat can't get them.
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