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Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
Apr 20, 2016 12:27 PM CST
do they need darkness at the begining to encourage growth?
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Apr 20, 2016 1:08 PM CST
It depends upon what you are planting. Some seeds like to sit on the surface of the soil and some seeds like a little privacy.
Name: Carol Roberts
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CarolHB
Apr 20, 2016 6:59 PM CST
I've buried celosia, zinnia and some other stuff 1/8" to 1/4", but the cleome wanted to just be pressed into the surface - needs sunlight to germinate. But I only know what I read on the seed packets, unless I ask on the annuals forum here, or Sunset Western Garden Book tells me something. Maybe its time to check out the book list here. Smiling Good Luck, David
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Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
Apr 20, 2016 11:06 PM CST
thanks for your reply.....i meant putting an airy dark cloth to create darkness......not the depth of sowing
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Apr 21, 2016 1:23 PM CST
You want to take seeds that would normally be buried, leave them on the surface of the soil and cover them with a dark cloth? Confused
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Apr 21, 2016 4:18 PM CST
David, this is off-topic but please...who will take care of your plants while you are away from home visiting in America?
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 21, 2016 4:31 PM CST
If a plant needs to be in the dark to germinate, covering with fine soil such as a seed starting mix is going to be much more effective than dark cloth.

Firstly the soil will hold more moisture around the little seed helping it to germinate. Secondly, when it does pop, the little plant will have soil and nutrients around it immediately to help it stand up and grow. If you were to have seeds start growing on the soil surface before you removed your dark cloth, they would be stunted trying to grow through the cloth.

The some types of seed that like to germinate on the surface with light also have a gel-like coating that holds water. This becomes evident when you first water them. Try this with Basil seeds and you will see what I mean. Otherwise, you're trying to improve on Mother Nature and that seldom works well.

I do sometimes put plastic wrap over a flat of seeds for the first few days to help keep moisture in the soil surface. After seeds start to come up, I mist with a spray bottle so I don't knock down the tiny new plants.
Elaine

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Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
Apr 23, 2016 11:40 PM CST
elaine your reply is very helpful to me thank you.
when we are away we will have tenants living here and i will explain as much as i can what to do.
thanks for your concern
Name: Greene
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greene
Apr 24, 2016 11:10 AM CST
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