Seeds forum: Does anybody use one of those hand held seed sowers?

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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Mar 17, 2010 9:28 AM CST
To me one of those handheld seed sowers seems like a ridiculous purchase but I'm thinking it would be a more control sowing avoiding perhaps a lot of HOS. How do you do yours?
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Joannabanana
Mar 18, 2010 9:19 AM CST
I tried them, but perhaps I do not have the dexterity required. It's almost like there is static and the seeds seem to need coaxing to move. I find it easier without the gadget.
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mom2goldens
Mar 18, 2010 4:06 PM CST

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What about a seed spoon? I've seen these advertised. My method is to use one of those skinny plastic plant labels with the pointed end. I pour seed into my hand or a piece of paper, and use the pointed end to scoop up one seed at a time.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Mar 20, 2010 5:17 AM CST

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I have seed spoons. They were a free gift from some seed company when I ordered seeds. They work well, but I've only used them when I have only a few seeds and they're too tiny to handle. In such a case they work very well.
http://www.victoryseeds.com/catalog/seedspoons.html

I've tried the first two at this link.
http://homeharvest.com/propagationseeders.htm
The second syringe type thing I found pretty useless. The first one wasn't totally useless, but it didn't impress me either. My husband bought both for me.

I just used the links for illustration, I'm not recommending the companies. I was just looking for illustrations.

Most of the time I just sprinkle the seeds over the soil with my hands. If I want more precision with tiny seeds, I use seed spoons.

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StephGTx
Mar 20, 2010 7:33 PM CST
The syringe thingy sucks (pardon my french). It's a total waste of money if you ask me. There is static and the seeds stick inside it. Plus, the super tiny ones that don't happen to stick inside just pour right on out the end.

The seed spoon looks like a great idea. I've never tried one of those.
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chocolatemoose
Mar 21, 2010 6:38 PM CST
Haven't tried the spoons, but if anybody is looking for any of the others, I've probably got it in my "waste of $$$-should have bought seeds with the money" collection Rolling on the floor laughing

Meaning...don't waste <i>your<i/> money...
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kqcrna
Mar 21, 2010 6:42 PM CST

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The seed spoons work well for tiny seeds. Honest.

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RickCorey
Feb 11, 2011 5:46 PM CST
You can also cut a few inches off a clear soda straw and slit it lengthwise.
Cut it at a slant so the part opposite the slit is longer.

Wrap it around a chopstick or skinnier woden dowel, so the longer part sticks out around 1/8th inch to 1/4"..
(You can whittle the tip of a chopstick down to get it smaller, for smaller seeds.)

Scotch-tape that length of soda starw to the chopstick so the pointed end sticks out just a little, like a tiny shovel.
The chopstick blocks the back of the straw tighly so seeds don't get wedged in.

Scoop up 1-3 seeds. You can pour out controlled numbers of seeds by rotating it so the longest part is no longer lowermost.

Bigger dowels, or a pencil, could make a measuring spoon for bigger seeds.
A bamboo skewer and a coffee stirred are the right size for dust-like seeds, but I have never seen a clear coffee stirrer. (It helps to be able to see through the straw.)

The price is right!

Corey

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