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momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2009
2:50 PM

Post #7126740

I'm not sure why - but someone said a long time ago to soak your seed in peroxide vs water for germination, any one do this? What is the reason for doing so?
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 3, 2009
12:27 AM

Post #7128611

That advice is for seeds with a really tough shell like morning glories. Here's a great site with good info on using hydrogen peroxide
http://www.using-hydrogen-peroxide.com/gardening-with-hydrogen-peroxide.html
momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 6, 2009
12:36 AM

Post #7245796

Thanks Joanna banana! Thats great!
twiggybuds
Moss Point, MS
(Zone 8b)

November 14, 2009
6:58 AM

Post #7272681

I've been using peroxide water for years at 1/4 cup to a gallon of water. I use it for all indoor seed starting and watering until they go outside. It speeds the germination of all types of seeds but has a much more important virtue. It practically eliminates damping off and any other pathogens lurking in the soil or on the exterior of the seeds. I would recommend it for any house plant or seedling because it takes oxygen to the roots, much like rain water. It makes over watering almost impossible. It also saves me from having to buy expensive seed starting media. I just use garden soil with compost mixed in. It doesn't kill insects though.
JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

November 14, 2009
5:27 PM

Post #7273505

twiggy- is that 3% peroxide you use?
twiggybuds
Moss Point, MS
(Zone 8b)

November 14, 2009
5:52 PM

Post #7273574

Yes, the regular stuff from the drug store. I see the link above calls for 1/2 cup to a gallon. I normally just eyeball it but use more like 1/4 cup. The point is that it's harmless to the plants. I always try to stay with bottom watering and nothing will rot even if soaking wet. Never any fungus knats either.
momof2d
Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 21, 2009
5:04 PM

Post #7296373

Thanks everyone for the peroxide info , I'll start using it in a gallon to water plants and starts. Jill

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