seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Question by BILLF1924
September 22, 2009
seeds that mustgerminate in the dark? seeds germinate at different times so how can all seeds be kept in the dark if a few germinate before the rest?

Answer from NGA
September 22, 2009


Seeds that need light in order to germinate should be sown on the surface of the soil. Seeds that need dark to germinate simply need to be buried in the soil. The depth you place the seeds will depend upon the size of the seeds so check the seed package to see how deeply to sow the seeds. For instance, pea seeds should be planted about a half inch deep. Smaller seeds should be planted one-fourth to one-eighth inch deep. Once the seeds are planted you can leave the trays or pots out in the open, in natural light. The seeds will remain in the dark under the soil but those that sprout will be given the light they require. Hope this clarifies things for you!

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