How to Start Seeds Indoors With Liquid Seaweed
Treating seeds with liquid seaweed before sowing them can result in higher germination rates as well as more vigorous growth and disease resistance in the resulting plants. Liquid seaweed naturally contains micro-nutrients, macro-nutrients, amino acids, vitamins and growth hormones. Depending on the species, the seeds may need cold stratification and scarification. Stratification is commonly accomplished by storing the seeds in the refrigerator for a few months, and scarification is done by nicking or sanding the hard seed coat. These steps must be taken prior to treating seeds with liquid seaweed.
Pour 1 cup of liquid seaweed and 4 cups of water into a glass or plastic container. Stir the solution until it is well mixed. Pour the seeds into the solution and let them soak for 12 hours.
Pour seed germination potting mix or a mixture that consists of one-half sphagnum peat moss and one-half perlite or coarse sand into seed flats or small containers with drain holes in the bottom. Moisten the mix with room-temperature water.
Sow the seeds in the moistened potting mix. Bury them one to two times the seeds’ width or, if the seeds are very tiny and need light exposure to germinate, sprinkle them over the moistened potting mix.
Cover the seed flats or containers with a piece of plastic or put them in clear plastic bags and seal the bags. Set the flats or containers in bright, indirect light.
Maintain a soil temperature of 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit or at the germination temperature recommended for the species. Mist the soil with room-temperature water if it begins to dry out.
- American-Eurasian Journal of Agronomy 2: Effect of Seaweed Liquid Fertilizer on Growth and Pigment Concentration of Cyamopsis Tetrogonolaba (L) Taub
- University of Florida: IFAS Extension: Propagation of Landscape Plants1
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How to Start Seeds Indoors With Liquid Seaweed. Treating seeds with liquid seaweed before sowing them can result in higher germination rates as well as more vigorous growth and disease resistance in the resulting plants. Liquid seaweed naturally contains micro-nutrients, macro-nutrients, amino acids, vitamins and …