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Best Method for Starting Seeds Indoors

There are several different methods for starting seeds indoors that work well for vegetable seeds and flower seeds. In this post I will review the various seed starting methods and help guide you in selecting the right method for your situation.

None of the seed starting methods are right or wrong – they all work and produce results. Each method is the best when it is matched to the right type of seed and the correct home environment. Learn about the best germination method for both vegetable seeds and flower seeds.

Best method for Starting Seeds Indoors

Starting Seeds Indoors

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Seed Pre-Treatment Before Sowing

In a previous post, Seed Dormancy – Explained, I discussed different types of seed dormancy and briefly discussed various seed pre-treatments. In this post I’ll provide you with a series of steps that you can follow to germinate just about any seed.

Seed pre-treatment, by Robert Pavlis

Seed pre-treatment, by Robert Pavlis

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Days To Maturity – What Does It Mean?

Days to maturity, or days to harvest, is a number that can be found on most annual flower and vegetable seed packets. What does days to maturity mean? How can you use the number to grow more food and flowers in your garden?

Days to maturity is a very useful tool for selecting the right variety of seed and gardeners, especially  in colder climates, should understand the term. This is even more important if you grow a vegetable garden.

Days to Maturity for tomato varieties, by Robert Pavlis

Days to Maturity for tomato varieties, by Robert Pavlis

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Plant Seed Basics

In my last post, Plant Seeds – Getting Started, I explained what a seed is and discussed different types of seed such as heirloom, open pollinated and hybrid. Today I’ll discuss the storing of seed and give you some suggests for getting a wide variety of seed. We’ll also look at the germination process – what is germination and what happens during germination.

Plant seed basics - germinating trillium seed, by Robert Pavlis

Plant seed basics – germinating trillium seed, by Robert Pavlis

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Plant Seeds – Getting Started

Fall is coming to a close and I have been collecting plant seeds from the garden for several months. In a few cases I want the seed so that I can grow more plants, but most of the plant seed I collect will be donated to a couple organizations that operate seed exchanges. Other people around the world are doing exactly the same thing. In December, members of these organizations are allowed to order these seeds. That is where my fun starts.

I will have access to thousands of different types of seed. Anything from perennials and grasses to shrubs and trees. The groups I belong to don’t distribute vegetable seed or house plant seed, but I am sure organizations also exist for these kind of seeds.

Over the next month or two I plan to write a number of posts to tell you everything there is to know about growing plants from seed. Well, almost everything. After 40 years I am still learning.

Plant Seeds - Propagation Secrets

Plant Seeds – Propagation Secrets

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