at-home germination test
Testing seeds that you save from your own garden or find in the back of your junk drawer can save you time and prevent you from wasting garden space and resources. If you’re giving seed to a seed share or a seed library, it’s important that you know the seeds you’re sharing are viable, so as not to discourage anyone from gardening or participating in community seed efforts in the future. This germination testing method is the same method used by large and commercial seed companies.
This method will work for most seeds, but some seeds require special preparation before being planted such as soaking or chilling (vernalization or stratification). Before performing a germination test, get to know the seed to ensure you’re offering an optimal environment for it to grow. All seeds need to stay moist and warm (>55°F) to germinate.
**you can also use soil, be mindful to sterilize your transplant trays before seeding to prevent contamination of pathogens**
Seed Savers Exchange. Home Germination Test.
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