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Light or no light

Posted by bigbob7777 6b (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 7, 12 at 17:32

Many of my seed packages say "needs light to germinate". In fact, most of the flowers do. Is the consensus here to just "pat" those seeds into the container? Or do ya'll bury them a little in the container?

I am very worried that they'll dry out if I just pat them into the soil. I am talking of WSing them; not sowing inside for transplant later.


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RE: Light or no light

Ignore what the seed packages say--seeds can't read. Sow them on the surface of your moistened growing mix but don't cover them with more of it. The alternating freeze/thaw cycles during winter will let them make the necessary contact with the growing medium.

That said, I lightly sprinkle bird grit over the seeds to help them make contact with the mix without blocking the light. My WS results are nothing short of phenomenal so I figure if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

RE: Light or no light

  • Posted by pvick z6B NYC (My Page) on
    Sat, Jan 7, 12 at 18:28

Patting, lightly, is good.


RE: Light or no light

This is something I have to remind myself. I am heavy handed. I just patted them in.

RE: Light or no light

As the others have said, I don't cover any small seeds, just sprinkle and pat lightly.

With big seeds like summersweet, holly hock and morning glory, I put them into the soil about 3X their length with a bamboo skewer and pat to ensure the soil firms behind them


RE: Light or no light

  • Posted by bakemom z6 Central Ohio (My Page) on
    Sun, Jan 8, 12 at 17:48

I don't even pat. I just toss them in. Haven't had a complaint yet.

RE: Light or no light

I don't pat them in either. That just makes the stick to my hand. I sprinkle in, then spray with a spray bottle.


RE: Light or no light

I sprinkle fine sifted vermiculite from a grated cheese container...just enough to cover the seeds and all the medium. Then I mist it all until the vermiculite is wet. It not only helps the seeds stay in place and in contact with the soil, but it hinders algae and moss growth on the top of the soil.

RE: Light or no light

I moisten the soil, scatter the seeds over the top, then rub them in--some are a bit more covered than others. Ma Nature does her thing the seeds sprout just fine.


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