[gardeners] Seed Starting in Coffee Filters

skid@bway.net (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 20 Jan 1998 18:07:21 -0500 (EST)

Dear Group,

As requested, we will describe our 'methode coffee filtre' ;- )

It's certainly not all that mysterious.  Instead of using paper towels (to
put the seeds on while stratifying inside plastic bags) we are using the
Melita type cone coffee filters. This year is the first time we are trying
the filters.

They appear to have the advantage of being harder and more durable than the
paper towels.  So far we have found that seeds that sprout do not tend to
penetrate them, and it's therefore easier to move the seeds on to soil.

We (so far) have found the cone type coffee filters to maintain their form
better, which is to say; that when we peel the 2 pieces apart to get to the
seeds (after a month or 2), the filter paper holds it's structural
intergrity, and we don't have a hard time getting to the seeds.  Paper
towels seem to become 'one' with the seeds.

We hope this explains it....if not, ask away.  :- )

Bill & Harvey
SKID Plants  Zone 6  CT  USA