Simple solution for seed germination

Seeds of New Zealand spinach, asparagus, and other plants that are hard to germinate can be made to do so quickly and evenly by treating them with a simple solution of hydrogen peroxide and tap water. So says Darrell Welch of Mesa, Ariz., who has been using this approach successfully for the past 40 years.

The same treatment, he says, also gets seed to germinate under adverse environmental conditions such as a too-high soil temperature for lettuce and spinach.

According to Mr. Welch, you should do the following:

Take a glass or plastic container and mix three to four drops of hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) in 1/2 cup of tap water.

Soak the seeds in this solution for between 5 and 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Seeds that lose their coats easily, such as peas and beans, should be placed in a sieve or on a piece of cloth and treated by spraying on the solution.

Drain and dry seeds before planting.

Seeds that are particularly hard to germinate may be soaked for a longer period of time in a somewhat stronger solution, but the standard solution is adequate for most garden seeds.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK