Seed Germination Methods - 3 Germination Tips

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Mini greenhouse can help speed up germination :) controlled enivornment
Mini greenhouse can help speed up germination :) controlled enivornment

The main reason for doing manual seed germination is to ensure you can rear the seeds into young seedlings in a controlled environment during the harsher months. I used just throw the seed in and hope for the best but it makes much harder to monitor growth if you can even locate where the heck your planted it in the first place.

I’ve tried many seed germination methods but I will go through the 3 germination methods I’ve had most success with. These include the paper towel method, rockwool method and the plain old regular seed germination method with quality soil. You can increase the success of seed germination by buying one of those small plastic greenhouses.

Paper Towel Seed Germination Method

The paper towel method is very simple all your need is a square of paper towel, water and a plastic zip lock bag or cling wrap and of course your seeds.

Paper Towel Method steps

  1. Rip off a square of decent quality paper towel ( something that can hold its shape when moist and not fall apart )
  2. Wet the paper towel under water and then squeeze out so its not dripping but moist.
  3. Place your seeds on the paper towel and fold paper towel over.
  4. Put folded paper towel in zip lock bag or cover in cling wrap
  5. Place on Windowsill
  6. Check progress in 3 – 5 days

Note: Its best to pull off the seeds earlier than later otherwise they become quite embedded into the paper towel and can become tricky to dislodge.

Rock Wool Seed Germination Method

Visit your local nursery or hydroponics store and pick up some small rockwool cubes, either with holes already made or without. Rockwool is often used for house insulation to reduce noise and prevent mold.

Safety Note – Its best not to breathe in the fumes from rockwool when it is dry, its very safe once it has been soaked in water for a little while.

Rock Wool steps

  1. Soak the rockwool for a few hours , longer if desired
  2. Make a hole with a toothpick or knife
  3. Drop the seed into the hold and push down to the end of the hole
  4. Place on your window ledge , and play the waiting game
  5. Works great for hydroponics system where u can use the rockwool throughout the process otherwise separating the young plant from the rockwool can be tough.

Regular Seed Germination Method

This is the regular one, and it just involves mixing some high quality potting mix with compost. You may think this method is totally hopeless but I’ve had lots of success with the regular method and following the specific seeds needs. Make sure you read the seed pack to check if soil needs to stay moist or watering is only required to seedling pops out.

I’ve had success growing mint form the seeds using this method, and if anyone has tried to germinate mint seeds before you’ll know it can be very tricky and you need to have the patience of a saint.

  1. Mix together 2/3 quality potting soil with 1/3 compost
  2. Add the seeds on the top then put a light layer of soil on top
  3. Gently pat down the soil so the seeds don’t move around
  4. Water occasionally if required
  5. Wait until seedling bursts out, can take quite some time. Took 2-3 weeks for my mint plant to show up was quite a wait.

Goodluck with germination:)

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Comments 17 comments profile image 7 years ago

where would the world be without the planting of seeds!Thanks for the reminder expectus!

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expectus 7 years ago from Land Downunder Author

very true , its really amazing to see a seed grow into a mature plant and produce fruit :), thanks for the comment

blackbird 6 years ago

Any "to-go" container ,as for salads, with a clear lid may be used.Place a 1/4 in.thuroughly dampened layer of sterile sand

james carl contreras 6 years ago

thanks for helping me to my assignment

Jairo Ambus 6 years ago

Thnx for helping for my project...!

sachie kyra nudnud 6 years ago

thanks for this info,this helped me a lot :)))

kristin yvanna carrillo 6 years ago

thank you so much for helping me:)

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marcaida 6 years ago

thanks, and add also other information......

don 6 years ago

thanks in giving info..

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expectus 6 years ago from Land Downunder Author

glad it helped :)

my sketches 5 years ago

ur soooooooooooo cute

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JK 4 years ago

Snap lock bags and toilet paper is a WINNER. I was having trouble getting pepper seeds to germinate in soil, they took off like rockets in the toilet paper though!


Thank you for this information you just got me started in my research.

Asim 4 years ago

I like paper towel technique to germinate seeds. I can grow basil, thyme, sage and other flowering small seeds like portulaca. Thanks

Evan Vanauskis 4 years ago

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