Pre-Sprouting Seeds

Poor seed germination often results from planting in cold soil. Seeds presprouted between layers of moist paper towels may become successfully established when dormant seeds fail. But presprouted seeds are fragile to handle. A planting gel can be made by suspending presprouted seeds in a mixture of 1 tablespoon of cornstarch heated to a boilin 1 cup of water. When the mixture cools, put it in a plastic bag, add presprouted seeds, and stir gently to distribute seeds evenly. Then cut a small hole in the bottom of the bag and squeeze the gel out along the planting furrow. You have solved the problem of poor germination as well as plant spacing.

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