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Paper Towel Germination

Paper Towel Germination

Paper towel germination is a simple and effective method used to germinate seeds before planting them in soil or another growing medium. Here's how it works:

1. Start by taking a paper towel and moistening it with water. Make sure it is damp but not dripping wet.

Germinating Seeds in wet paper towels

2. Place the moist paper towel on a clean, flat surface. Arrange the seeds evenly on one half of the towel, leaving enough space between them.

3. Fold the other half of the paper towel over the seeds, covering them completely.

4. Gently mist the folded paper towel with water to provide additional moisture.

5. Carefully transfer the folded paper towel with the seeds into a sealable plastic baggie.

Germinating Seeds in Plastic bag

6. Seal the baggie, trapping some air inside but ensuring it is not completely airtight. The trapped air will create a humid environment favorable for seed germination.

7. Place the baggie in a warm location, such as on top of a refrigerator or near a heat source, but away from direct sunlight.

8. Check the baggie every day to monitor the moisture level. If the paper towel feels dry, mist it with water to maintain the necessary moisture.

Germinating Seeds in seedling tray

9. After a few days, you should start to see sprouted seeds. Once the seeds have sprouted and have a small root emerging, they are ready to be transferred to a growing medium, such as soil or a seedling tray.

The paper towel germination method provides a controlled environment for seeds to germinate, ensuring they receive the moisture and warmth needed for successful sprouting. It allows you to easily monitor the progress of your seeds and determine if they are viable before planting them in the soil.


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