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Jun 3, 2020 2:14 PM CST
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So there's this common method of germinating seeds in which you use a wet paper towel and a zip-lock (or some other enclosed container) and after a few days/ weeks, the seeds germinate and grow roots and sprouts. My question is that when it is time to transplant the seeds into soil, will they suffer the symptoms of transplant shock? In my experience, they didn't (I was using lemon seeds), but I was wondering why they didn't. This was a shower thought.
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Jun 3, 2020 2:33 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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They could suffer transplant damage going from paper towel to soil.
Why not start them in soil and avoid another step that could lead to damage???
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Jun 3, 2020 2:55 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Welcome!

The trick is to catch the seeds as they start to germinate before they start putting out those tiny thread roots that want to attach to the paper towel. Its a lot easier with bigger seeds. Tiny seeds tend to get away from me.

BigBill, I reserve this method for seeds I'm not sure will germinate (mostly native seeds I've collected). It saves space, pots and soil when I'm not sure seeds will make it.
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Jun 3, 2020 3:28 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
If you need to relax, grow plants!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
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Daisy, don't you lose young seedlings this way? I would think that you do.
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Jun 3, 2020 5:07 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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At the point of barely germinated (shell cracked, toe sticking out), they hardly qualify as seedlings

When I have let them get away from me and they have rooted into the paper towel, I cut them out of the towel and plant the seedling with paper towel attached. You only lose seedlings if you rip them off the paper towel and damage them.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
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Jun 3, 2020 5:23 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
If you need to relax, grow plants!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
Echinacea Critters Allowed Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: United States of America
Amazing. Simply amazing. I learned a brand new method. How cool is that!?
Orchid lecturer, teacher and judge. Retired Wildlife Biologist. Supervisor of a nature preserve up until I retired.
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Jun 3, 2020 5:52 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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Its very handy when you have to cold stratify your seeds for months to get them to hatch. I stratified about 95 Desert Peach (Prunus Andersonii) seeds, 30 or so Ume' tree (Prunus mume) seeds, 30 or so Pinyon Pine (Pinus monophylla) tree seeds plus a few odds and ends. That would be a lot of pots in my refrigerator!

I put the seeds in layers of paper towels soaked in biofungacide in plastic containers (the ones lunch meat comes in). Don't let the seeds touch or dry out.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
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Jun 3, 2020 5:55 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
If you need to relax, grow plants!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
Echinacea Critters Allowed Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: United States of America
I am writing this down as I can't wait to try this! Thanks a bunch Daisy!
Orchid lecturer, teacher and judge. Retired Wildlife Biologist. Supervisor of a nature preserve up until I retired.
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