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One more question about my pelleted seeds

Posted by veryzer 5a IL (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 27, 10 at 17:31

I sowed my lobelia seeds yesterday, moistening the mix first, then setting one pellet atop the mix in each cell. As of now the pellets haven't dissolved. Is this a cause for concern? Do I need to mist each pellet?

Thanks.


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RE: One more question about my pelleted seeds

Yes it is cause for concern. Your plant can't sprout until the coating is washed off. Water to the point of overwatering to dissolve the coating. Don't worry about damp off or the seed rotting. It can't do that with the coating on them. After the coating is washed off then water normally.


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RE: One more question about my pelleted seeds

I always just spray carefully with a spray bottle until the coating dissolves. Be careful, though, because if you spray too hard/from the side, you can cause the seed to get pushed off to the side of the cell, which isn't a tragedy but not ideal.


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RE: One more question about my pelleted seeds

I beg to differ.

Some of my pelleted petunias came up with the coating still sitting in a perfect ball on top of their seed leaves. With 100% germination, they are now about 3" by 3" seedlings and doing quite well.

I just mositened the soil and dropped them on top (no top watering or misting). In 3-4 days they all had germinated, still with evidence of the coating on them. I did have them covered so the humidity helped, but the coating was still there after germination.

This also worked on my begonias and impatients.

Keriann~


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RE: One more question about my pelleted seeds

Well, thanks for the range of advice. I misted them in a hurry after oilpainter's response. My primary concern was burying the seed or waterlogging the mix. So long as they come up I'm happy.

Thanks again.


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RE: One more question about my pelleted seeds

I use pelleted seed when ever I have a choice and have never planted them any different than non pelleted seed. The germination rate is always close to 100%. Al


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RE: One more question about my pelleted seeds

There are different formulas for the pellet coating. Some seem to dissolve faster than others do. Like AL I just plant them as I would any seed but sometimes their contact with the damp soil may need to be "encouraged" just a bit.

Dave


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