The article was great! I routinely soak seeds prior to planting, indoors or out, however I've never tried soaking tiny seeds. The "spooning in" method was an eye opener but the community pot was jam packed so how can one provide a little more space? Then it struck me - use an eye dropper! Perhaps that tool will provide a little more control for seed disbursal...experiment time!!!
Thanks, I'll try it! Especially the eyedropper method. And maybe I'll mop out the last few drops and seeds with a scrap of Kleenex or toilet paper, then rin se most of the seeds off that with a sprayer or mustard squeeze bottle.
I'm thinking of using a plastic ice-cube-tray so I can soak several varieties of small seeds at once, in small volumes of water.
I like Rick's ice tray idea as well- I would try to get three - tiny seeds
per "cube" cubical into the tray. After soaking, how to plant them?
Here are several ideas -
1. Eye dropper them into the planting medium or ground.
2. Strain seeds using a tea strainer and teeezers, or mosquito or no-seem netting
3. Flip over the ice tray!
You of course labeled your ice cube trays with Sharpie marker, cube by cube, before you put the seeds or water in.
Your ice tray was _upside down_ when you made these labels. Flip em over into the soil or
the flats and duplicate the ice cube graph on a piece of paper. rubbing alchohol washes
off the Sharpie marker, you can re use the same ice tray- square _inch _gardening!
Happy Springtime, everyone!
Great idea about alternating cells and then flipping into a flat!
>> You of course labeled your ice cube trays with Sharpie marker,
Actually, for a hydrogen peroxide soak, I cut tiny squares from a mini-blind slat and labelled them with a mechanical pencil, then dropped it into the bottom of the ice cube cell. There was only room for codes like "P1" and "S5" for first Petunia variety and fifth Salvia variety.
If I did the "Heather Flip", the mini-blind square should fall out onto the flat and label each splash ...
... IF the label and seeds don't stick to the plastic of the ice cube tray.
We might have to cut the ice cube tray lengthwise into a single row of cells, so we can "pour and then spray" to get everything out.
I'm working on an idea like yours right now where I'll cut the bottom out of a cell from a 72-cell tray, if I'm sowing into cells in a 72-tray.
Then I'll hold that over a cell filled with soil, like a little funnel. That way, I can pour or fling a micro-pinch of Lobelia seeds into the funnel (through the air, not water) and keep all the dust-like seeds in one cell even if I fling them so that they spread out somewhat.
>> How about freezing the seeds in the tray, then set the ice cube where you want it and let it melt.
Genius! But I can hear it now:
"MOM!! Why is my Coca-Cola gritty and funny-tasting?"
Soaking tiny seeds... all my seeds. Clarkia. Snaps, cosmos, calendula, tomatoes, larkspur, I got germination on day three with the snaps and clarkias, cosmos, tomatoes, marigolds. I'm going to try viscaria, agrostemma and zinnia now. yay!