Re: [gardeners] (Fwd) info search

Kay Lancaster (
Sun, 14 Jun 1998 11:46:09 -0700 (PDT)

On Sun, 14 Jun 1998, Dee Dee wrote:

> Here are some of the things I saw advised:
> Clip the ends of the seeds before planting or soaking.
> Sandpaper the seed husks for the moonflowers before planting or soaking.
> Soak them overnight in warm water.

All of these are manuevers aimed at getting water in through a hard
seed coat.  Clipping or sandpapering (I actually use a small file) is
easiest, imho.

> Soak them in warm water until they sprout.

Bad idea.  The seeds don't get enough oxygen and die.

> Soak them in warm water, then lay them out on wet paper towels until
> they sprout.

Better idea.  Can be combined with clipping and filing.

> Start them im peat pots, then transplant them in the peat pots.
> That the peat pot route assures they will grow - but they will grow more
> slowly and take forever to flower.

Bad idea in general... peat pots tend to restrict root growth.

> Do none of the above, and just toss 'em in the dirt, and keep the soil
> moist.

This will work, but a combination of clipping or filing and presprouting
on paper towels will be the fastest way to get them up and running, with
the highest percent germination.

Kay Lancaster
just west of Portland, OR; USDA zone 8 (polarfleece)