Information About Seeds

Growing gardens normally begin with garden seeds. For this reason, it helps to know more about the different types of seeds, how to start your garden seeds, and caring for seedlings once they’ve germinated. Using the following seed starting info, you can find tips on starting seeds indoors and out, mediums for starting seeds, tips for improving germination and so much more. Before you dive into your gardening projects, check out this informative section to find exactly what you need.

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Milk Jug Winter Sowing: How To Start Seeds In A Milk Jug

By Amy Grant

A terrific method for starting seeds that can be started earlier is milk jug winter sowing, which is basically sowing seeds in a milk jug that becomes a mini greenhouse. Want to learn more about milk jug seed pots? Click the following article for additional info.

Seed Germination Requirements: Factors That Determine Seed Germination

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Germination is essential for what we do as gardeners. Whether starting plants from seeds or using transplants, germination has to happen for gardens to exist. By learning more about the process and what seeds need, you can get better results in the garden. Learn more here.

How To Save Seedlings – Troubleshooting Common Seedling Issues

By Teo Spengler

One of the biggest thrills of gardening is watching the seeds you plant turn into little seedlings a week or so later. But seedling issues can cause those new little shoots to die. Why did my seedling die, you ask? Find out in this article.

Attractive Seed Pod Plants: Growing Plants That Have Pretty Seeds

By Amy Grant

In the garden we plant colorful flowers and plants with different heights, colors and textures, but how about plants that have pretty seeds? This can be just as important. Click the following article to learn about plants with interesting seed pods.

Elaiosome Information – Why Do Seeds Have Elaiosomes

By Mary Ellen Ellis

One important role is given to a seed structure known as the elaiosome. This fleshy appendage to a seed is related to and is crucial for improving the odds of germination and successful development into a mature plant. Learn more about this here.

Atomic Gardening History: Learn About Irradiating Seeds

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

The concept of atomic gardening may sound as if it belongs in a science fiction novel, but gamma ray gardening is a real part of history. With radiation, and plants produced using it, we have improved varieties of fruits and vegetables available today. Learn more here.

Hot Water Seed Treatment: Should I Treat My Seeds With Hot Water

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Many forms of blight, leaf spot, and mildew occur through the planting of contaminated seed. In recent years, many growers have turned to the process of hot water seed treatment as a means of prevention for these crop diseases. Learn more about this here.

DIY Seed Tape – Can You Make Your Own Seed Tape

By Teo Spengler

While it’s easy to get the hefty seeds spaced appropriately in the garden, smaller seeds don’t sow as easily. That’s where seed tape comes in handy, and the great news is that you can make your own seed tape. For a seed-tape how to, click this article.

Open Pollination Information: What Are Open Pollinated Plants

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

While many hybrid cultivars offer growers vegetable varieties that perform well under a wide range of conditions, many may prefer open-pollinated varieties. What does open pollinated mean when it comes to selecting seeds for the home garden? Learn more here.

Growing Seeds In Plastic Bags: Learn About Starting Seeds In A Bag

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

We all want a jump start on the growing season and there are few better ways than germinating seeds in a bag. Seeds in plastic bags are in a mini greenhouse which keeps them moist and warm to speed sprouting. Learn more about this planting method here.

Using Sponges For Seed Growing – How To Plant Seeds In A Sponge

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Starting seeds in sponges is a neat trick that is not difficult to do. Small seeds that germinate and sprout quickly work best for this technique, and once they’re ready, you can transplant them to pots or garden beds. Click this article to learn more.

What Is Seed Tape: Information On Planting With Seed Tape

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

The task of planting small seeds may feel daunting to some. Luckily, the use of gardening seed tape can help gardeners sow seeds easily and precisely within vegetable planting beds. How does seed tape work? Click on the following article to learn more.

Will Expired Seeds Still Grow: Planting With Expired Seed Packets

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Growers with limited space may find themselves left with unused garden seeds, stored away for safekeeping, and slowly accumulating into “seed stash.” So are old seeds still good for planting or is it better to acquire more? Click this article to find out.

What Is Vivipary – Reasons For Seeds Germinating Prematurely

By Liz Baessler

Vivipary is the phenomenon that involves seeds germinating prematurely while they are still inside or attached to the parent plant or fruit. It occurs more often than you might think. Learn more here, including what to do if you see seeds germinating in the plant.

What Is Agar: Using Agar As A Growing Medium For Plants

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Botanists often use agar to produce plants in sterile conditions. What is agar? It is created out of plants and acts as a perfect stabilizing or gelling agent. Learn more about this growing medium and using agar for plant growth in this article.

How To Sow Seeds Thinly: Learn About Sowing Thinly In The Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Occasionally seed packets include "sow thinly." What does sow thinly mean? This term is used for very tiny seeds, each of which has the potential to become a little plant. It helps prevent wasted seed and overcrowding amongst the seedlings. Learn more in this article.

What Is A Seed – A Guide To The Seed Life Cycle And Its Purpose

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

What is a seed? It is technically described as a ripened ovule, but it is so much more than that. Seeds house an embryo, the new plant, nourish and protect it. All types of seeds fulfill this purpose, but what do seeds do for us outside of growing new plants? Find out here.

What Is A Seed Head: Identifying Flower Seed Heads

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Many times people will hesitate to ask a question like: ?What is a seed head?? because they are afraid it will make them look stupid. Truth is, there are no stupid questions. In this article, we will cover how to recognize a seed head on plants.

What Are Plantable Containers: Gardening With Biodegradable Plant Containers

By Gardening Know How

If you are looking for sustainable gardening practices, you may want to consider using plantable pots for gardening. These containers will allow you to reduce the use of plastic and/or clay materials in your garden. Learn more about them in this article.

Nicking Plant Seeds: Why Should You Nick Seed Coats Before Planting

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer

You may have heard that nicking plant seeds before attempting to germinate them is a good idea. In fact, some seeds require this, so it?s important to know how to nick flower seeds as well as other plant seeds before starting your garden. Learn more in this article.

Does Freezing Kill Seeds – Information On Using Seeds That Are Frozen

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

While your garage, garden shed or basement may stay cool, they can also be humid and damp during certain times of the year. You may wonder how cool is too cool, and does freezing kill seeds. Click this article to learn more about storing seeds in the freezer.

What Is A Survival Seed Vault – Information On Survival Seed Storage

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

For gardeners, survival seed storage is not only a future food source in cases of dire need but also a good way to continue a favorite heirloom plant. This article includes information and tips on how to create a survival seed vault.

How To Start Seeds In Ice Cream Cones – Tips For Planting In An Ice Cream Cone

By Amy Grant

There are numerous ways to start your own seeds, some of them more economical than others. A super cool idea that is running amok on the internet is using ice cream cone plant pots. Intrigued? Find out how to start seeds in ice cream cones here.

Can I Plant Seeds That Got Wet: How To Save Wet Seeds

By Amy Grant

Perhaps, you may have ended up with wet seed packets. If this happened, I am sure you have a number of questions. Can I plant seeds that got wet? What do I do when the seed packets get wet? How to save wet seeds, if possible. Learn more here.

What Is A Cotyledon: When Do Cotyledons Fall Off

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Cotyledons may be one of the first visible signs a plant has germinated. What is a cotyledon? It is the embryonic part of a seed which stores fuel for further growth. Learn more about cotyledons in this article. Click here for more info.

Yellow Seedling Leaves – Why Are My Seedlings Turning Yellow

By Liz Baessler

Have you started seedlings indoors that began healthy and green, but all of a sudden turned yellow when you weren?t looking? It?s a common occurrence, and it may or may not be a problem. Read this article to learn more about yellowing seedlings.

Seed Lending Library: How To Start A Seed Library

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

What is a seed lending library? It loans seeds to gardeners. Exactly how does a seed lending library work? A seed library works much like a traditional library - but not quite. Read this article for more specific seed library information.

Fungus Control When Seed Starting: Tips On Controlling Fungus In Seed Trays

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Depending on the type of fungal disease, seedlings may take on a twisted or water-soaked appearance, sometimes with fuzzy mold on the surface of the soil. Click here to learn about fungus in seed trays and tips for fungus control when seed starting.

Plants And Light: Do Seedling Plants Need Darkness To Grow

By Liz Baessler

Do seedling plants need darkness to grow or is light preferable? Plants and light have a very close relationship, and sometimes a plant?s growth, and even germination, can only be triggered by extra light. Click here to learn more.

Planting Seeds Outside – Tips On When And How To Direct Sow Seeds

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Planting by seed is a rewarding way to start plants and satisfy that green thumb urge. It is important to know how to direct sow seeds, and if and when to sow seeds outdoors. The information in this article will help with that.

Seedlings In Citrus Peels: How To Use Citrus Rinds As A Starter Pot

By Amy Grant

If you find yourself with a plethora of citrus rinds, you may be wondering if there are any beneficial or ingenious ways to use citrus rinds. The amazing aromatic power of citrus aside, did you know you can grow seedlings in citrus peels? Click here to learn more.

Seedling Care Tips: Caring For Seedlings After Germination

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Care for seedlings once sprouted amounts to more than just giving them water. Healthy, robust plants produce faster with higher yields, which is a winning situation for the gardener. A few tips on how to take care of seedlings can be found here.

What Is Reseeding: How To Manage Self-Seeders In Gardens

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

One of the best bangs for your gardening buck is a reseeding plant. The term refers to plants that set viable seed and grow anew the next season. But how do you manage these plants? Click here to learn more.

Algae On Seed Soil Surface: How To Get Rid Of Algae On Seeding Soil

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Starting your plants from seed allows you to get a jump start on the season. That said, they are sensitive to changes in moisture and humidity that can algae growth and other fungal issues. Get the reasons for this and how to prevent it here.

Organic Seed Information: Using Organic Garden Seeds

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Did you ever wonder what constitutes an organic plant? The USDA has a set of guidelines for this. Read here for a guide to true organic seed gardening so you are armed with information to protect you and your family.

Community Seed Banks: How To Start A Seed Bank

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Starting a seed bank is an easy way to contribute to the protection of your regional fauna and ensure future generation?s access to them. What is a seed bank? Read here for information on creating your own seed storage.

Seed Pods Are Soggy – Why Are My Seed Pods Mushy

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

When collecting seeds from the plants, you may find that the seed pods are soggy. Why is this and are the seeds still ok to use? Learn more about whether drying out wet seeds is possible in this article.

Seed Starting Times: When To Start Seeds For Your Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

It?s time to start your garden, but when do you start seeds? The answer depends upon your zone. Read the following article to get some important seed starting tips. Click here for more information.

What Are GMO Seeds: Information About GMO Garden Seeds

By Jackie Carroll

When it comes to the topic GMO garden seeds, there can be a lot of confusion. Many questions abound. Find out more about GMO seed information in this article. Click here to learn more now.

Soilless Grow Mix: Information About Making Soilless Mix For Seeds

By Amy Grant

While seeds may be started in standard garden soil, there are a number of reasons to use a seed starting soilless medium instead. Learn more about using soilless planting mix for seeds in this article.

Seed Stratification: What Seeds Require Cold Treatment

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

When it comes to seed germination, many people do not realize that some seeds require cold treatment in order for them to sprout properly. Read this article to learn more about seed stratification.

Seed Packet Information: Interpreting The Seed Packet Directions

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

Many people prefer to start flower and vegetable gardens from seeds. While understanding seed packet info may seem confusing, correctly interpreting the seed packet directions is fundamental. Learn more here.

Seed Coat Stuck – Tips For Removing The Seed Coat After Germination

By Heather Rhoades

It happens to the best of gardeners. You plant your seeds and a few come up looking a little different. On closer inspection, you find the seed coat is still attached to the leaves. Why? This article will help.

How To Soak Seeds Before Planting And The Reasons For Soaking Seeds

By Heather Rhoades

Soaking seeds before planting is an a??old timea?? gardenera??s trick that many new gardeners are not aware of. Read the reasons for soaking seeds and how to soak seeds in this article.

Storing Seeds – How To Store Seeds

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Collecting and storing seed is economical and an excellent way to continue the propagation of a hard to find plant. Seed storage requires cool temperatures, low humidity and dim to no light. Learn more here.

Learn About F1 Hybrid Seeds

By Jackie Rhoades

Much is written in today?s gardening community about the desirability of heirloom plant varieties over F1 plants. What are F1 hybrid seeds? This article will explain more about them, so click here to learn more.

Thinning Seedlings: Tips For How To Thin Plants

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Thinning plants is a necessary evil we must all face. Knowing when and how to thin plants is important for their overall health and success. This article will help that. Click here to learn how to thin plants.

Why Are My Seedlings Leggy? What Causes Leggy Seedlings And How To Prevent It

By Heather Rhoades

We watch with excitement our seedlings grow taller, only to realize that they have gotten floppy. If you are wondering what causes leggy seedlings and how to prevent them, read this article.

Methods For Germinating Seeds – Learning How To Successfully Germinate Seeds

By Heather Rhoades

Inexperienced gardeners may think the steps for how to germinate seeds is the same for all seeds. This is not the case. The best way to germinate seeds depends on various factors, which can be found here.

Controlling Cross Pollination – How To Stop Cross Pollination

By Heather Rhoades

Cross pollination can cause problems for gardeners who wish to save the seeds of their vegetables or flowers from year to year. Read this article to learn about controlling cross pollinating in plants.

Learn The Difference Between Non-Hybrid Seeds And Hybrid Seeds

By Heather Rhoades

The terms hybrid seeds and non-hybrid seeds are especially confusing due to a rather heated political debate that is occurring around these terms. Read here to learn more about their differences.

Planting Old Seeds – Can You Use Out-Of-Date Seeds?

By Heather Rhoades

It happens to all gardeners. We plant a few seeds then throw the rest in a drawer, finding them later and wondering if they're still good. Is it a waste of time germinating old seeds? Read here to find out.

Preventing White, Fluffy Fungus On Seed Starting Soil

By Heather Rhoades

Many people enjoy starting their own seeds. Not only is it enjoyable, but it is economical as well. But many people can become frustrated if white, fluffy fungus kicks in. Learn more about it here.

What Is Damping Off?

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Damping off is a term commonly used for indicating the sudden death of seedlings. Damping of can be alarming to a gardener, so knowing what to look for can help. Learn more in this article.

Cheap Seed Starting – How To Germinate Seeds At Home

By Heather Rhoades

Once you learn how to germinate seeds, you will always be able to have cheap plants. It is easy to get started with cheap seed starting. Look at how to germinate seeds in this article.

Using Potting Soil In The Ground To Start Seeds

By Heather Rhoades

For some gardeners, starting seeds out in the garden is impossible to consider. So what is a gardener to do when they cannot start indoors? One option is to use potting soil in the ground. Read here for more info.

How To Harden Off Your Seedlings

By Heather Rhoades

These days many gardeners are growing the plants from seeds. Growing plants from seeds is easy with a few precautions, like how to harden off your plants before setting them out. This article will help with that.

When And How To Transplant Seedlings Into The Garden

By Heather Rhoades

One common question from people growing plants from seeds is "how do I know when my seedlings are big enough to put out in my garden?" This is a good question to ask, and this article will help.

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