Re: [gardeners] (Fwd) info search

penny x stamm (
Tue, 16 Jun 1998 00:28:58 -0400

On Sun, 14 Jun 1998 11:46:09 -0700 (PDT) Kay Lancaster <>
>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 
>> 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 
>> 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 
>> moist.
>This will work, but a combination of clipping or filing and 
>on paper towels will be the fastest way to get them up and running, 
>the highest percent germination.
>Kay Lancaster
>just west of Portland, OR; USDA zone 8 (polarfleece)

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