Germinating Seeds in plastic baggies & paper towels
Was just wondering if folks were still doing this & if so, have you come up with any new tricks to make this method work a little better?
I tried using the brown paper filters instead of paper towels & the germination rate was very poor, don't know if the dark color prevented germination or what.
I now cut 2 1/2 inch circles (using a spice bottle top as a circle) & just lay a few seeds on the dampened paper towel & place another paper towel circle on top to cover this & place 2 complete circles in those little sandwich bags. That way I don't have to rip off those little sprouts & try to get them untangled. You might cut out your paper towels the same size as the pot you will place your babies in. Then sprinkle a little seed starting mix on top & you are ready to watch the babies peep up through the soil. The coffee filters at the Dollar Store are good to use instead of paper towels. Whichever you choose, just get the cheapest & thinnest ones you can find so your sprouts don't have to struggle so hard to pop through.
Let us know your latest way to germinate seeds.
The recognized expert on "towel propagation" as I call it for short, is Prof. Norman C. Deno of Penn State. You can find a lot on this by searching the web under his name. HIs treatise, "Seed Germination Theory and Practice" can be read at the web site
I bought a hard copy from Prof. Demo's own site.
Prof Deno's book - I ordered that book several years ago, but returned it. The botanical names drove me crazy.
Have found these two books to really helpful
Plant Propagation by Alan Toogood
The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers From Seed by Eileen Powell
Also, there are some youtube videos by a guy who is a lot of fun as well as being informative about gardening subjects. Search for praxxus55712.
Thanks for posting & let me of any other books or videos you like.