Can you use egg cartons to start seeds?
You can use egg cartons as a seed-starting tray! Depending on the type of carton you have, you can even cut apart the individual sections and plant them, as the carton will biodegrade. Be sure to poke small holes for drainage, and put the cartons on a tray or in a shallow pan to catch any residual water.
Are seeds bad if they float?
Answer: Most seeds last for several years, however others have a relatively short life. Water test: Take your seeds and put them in a container of water. Let them sit for about 15 minutes. Then if the seeds sink, they are still viable; if they float, they most likely will not sprout.
What do I do if my seeds don’t germinate?
If the soil in your seed trays, containers or planting areas is too dry, you should be able to see or feel this fairly easily. Water well, taking care not to wash your seeds away or push them too deep into the growing medium, and your seeds may well still germinate in time.
What three things are needed for germination?
- The beginning of the growth of a seed into a seedling is known as germination.
- All seeds need water, oxygen and the right temperature to germinate.
- Dormancy is a state of suspended animation in which seeds delay germination until conditions are right for survival and growth.
Why Cannot all seeds germinate?
A some seeds might have lost the capability to grow because of dormancy. A some seeds might not find suitable conditions such as warmth. A when we grow seeds we must keep distance between each of them while sowing. if they are not away from each other it would get hard for some of them to grow.
How long should I wait for seeds to germinate?
Some seeds take two weeks or more to sprout. Poor germination can be caused by overly wet or cold soil, which causes seeds to rot. (The latter can be remedied with a Heat Mat.) If the soil was too dry, the seeds may not have been able to absorb enough moisture to sprout.
How do you know if seeds are good?
Water test: Take your seeds and put them in a container of water. Let them sit for about 15 minutes. Then if the seeds sink, they are still viable; if they float, they most likely will not sprout.
Why do good seeds sink?
Seeds may float because they lack viable embryos or nutrient stores, making them less dense than “good” seeds that sink in water. Or, they may float because they have air pockets inside, which don’t always affect seed vigor or viability. The only sure way to test germination is to use the coffee filter method.
How long should I soak seeds before planting?
Do seedlings need direct sunlight?
Most seeds will not germinate without sunlight and will perform best with 12 to 16 hours each day. Indoors, place seed containers in a sunny, south-facing window and give the container a quarter turn each day to prevent the seedlings from overreaching toward the light and developing weak, elongated stems.