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Batman11
Jun 3, 2020 2:14 PM CST
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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BigBill
Jun 3, 2020 2:33 PM CST
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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DaisyI
Jun 3, 2020 2:55 PM CST
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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Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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BigBill
Jun 3, 2020 3:28 PM CST
Daisy, don't you lose young seedlings this way? I would think that you do.
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DaisyI
Jun 3, 2020 5:07 PM CST
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
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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BigBill
Jun 3, 2020 5:23 PM CST
Amazing. Simply amazing. I learned a brand new method. How cool is that!?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 3, 2020 5:52 PM CST
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
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
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BigBill
Jun 3, 2020 5:55 PM CST
I am writing this down as I can't wait to try this! Thanks a bunch Daisy!
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