This method is called pre-sprouting, or pre-germination in the book where we discovered it. All you need is a plastic or glass container with a lid. The seeds do not need light to take root.
Put a piece of kitchen paper in the bottom of the container, add water until the paper is completely wet, but there are no puddles of water.
Sprinkle the seeds in groups on the wet paper, close the lid, and put a note so that you remember what type of seeds they are.
Check them out the next day. If the seeds are very fresh, some will germinate in just 1 day! The fastest are from the cabbage family - broccoli, kale, cauliflower, etc., and lettuce. The slowest ones are bell pepper, eggplant, fennel, celery, which can take more than 5 days. The rest, such as tomato, beet, chard, pumpkin, onion, will take about 3 days.
As soon as you see the roots coming out, plant them right away. If you let the roots grow too long, it will be difficult to separate them from the kitchen paper later.
It may seem difficult to pick up a small seed, but it is actually quite easy. You can use a toothpick, or just your fingers. Plant them shallow and water them carefully every day. It will take a couple of days for us to see the first little green leaves emerge. Now is the time to put them in the sun so that they grow strong and healthy!
This method has a high success rate, even when we have fresh seeds purchased from a good seed company, the germination rate is almost 100%.
It is an ideal method to see if your oldest seeds (about 2 years) are still alive. Healthy plants can be grown from cabbage or tomato seeds with more than 5 years, you can try any type of seed to see how it works.
And remember, you have to have pots and soil prepared, because the seeds could germinate in just one day!
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