Tis the season to shop for spring-planting seeds, if you haven’t done so already. Soon, depending on your growing season, it will be too late. If you’re shopping locally, keep in mind that heat and moisture are enemies of seeds. I have seen seed displays out in the 110 degree Phoenix heat and seed packets ruined from nursery sprinkler systems. Make sure your store has kept their seed displays somewhere cool and away from moisture. One reason many veteran gardeners buy their seeds from seed companies is because they’re stored properly and germination rates are tested regularly.
By the way, if you want to test the germination rate of a particular group of seeds, take ten seeds, space them evenly on a damp paper towel, cover with another damp paper towel and wait ten days. If 9 seeds have sprouted, you’ll have a 90% germination rate. If only 5 have sprouted, that packet of seeds will only have a 50% germination rate.
Get those seeds purchased and get ready for a productive growing season. Warmer days are just ahead!
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