Storing seeds

Seeds are most likely to germinate if relatively fresh, so do not keep packets of seeds for more than a year, and make sure that they are stored in a cool, dry place.
PREPARING CONTAINERS
Successful sowing indoors requires careful preparation.
Taking time to create the optimum conditions will give your seeds
the best chance of success.
1 Star! by deliberately overfilling a suitable container with seed compost (the light, open compos! will (end to settle slightly as the container is filled).
2 Using a piece of wood, remove any surplus compost above the rim of the container. Pass the straightedge over the container in a “sawing” motion to remove the compost.
3 Using a wooden presser, genii)’ Jinn the com¬post evenly over the whole surface until it is about Vi in. lower than the rim of the container. This creates a firm, level seed bed.
Preparing seeds
Some seeds have a particularly hard outer casing, and you will find germination takes place much more easily if this casing is scored lightly before the seeds are sown. Other seeds may benefit from being soaked in water for 24 hours to soften the outer casing.
Compost for seeds
The ideal medium for germinal ing seeds indoors is made up pf two layers. The base layer is seed or multipurpose compost, and the upper layer is horticultural grit or vermiculite, which is free-draining. The advantage of this two-layer system is that the seeds are sown in the free-draining layer of grit, but the compost below provides the nutrients required once rooting begins. The alternative is to fill the container in which the seeds are to be sown with proprietary seed or multipurpose compost. Soil-free compost is popular for this purpose.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Storing seeds

  1. seedman says:

    Find detailed seed saving instructions on the website of this 20 year-old non-profit:http://www.seedsave.org/issi/issi_904.html

  2. seedman says:

    Find detailed seed saving instructions on the website of this 20 year-old non-profit:http://www.seedsave.org/issi/issi_904.html

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s