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Seed Germination: Cat grass seed dormancy in soil?

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razarizvi
Richmond, TX

May 16, 2013
8:26 PM

Post #9523385

Hi All, I am trying to store a mixture of catgrass/oat seeds and dry soil for convenience so I would have to just scoop a cup of the mixture into a bowl and simply add water. I am noticing that a 2-3 month old soil-seed mixture is no longer germinating. Does this mean that seeds die if stored in dry soil? Or could there be some other reason? Will appreciate insight. Thanks!

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 21, 2013
3:15 PM

Post #9528738

Interesting! I would have guessed that "dry soil" still has much higher humidity than "dry seeds". If the seeds were stored "too humid" for a few months, they might have lost v igor. But oats and wheat? Dead in a few months? That is surprising.

Have you tired picking out a few dozen seeds and sprouted them on a coffee filter, just to see if they come up when coaxed?

Is it real soil-soil or a sterile soiless mix? I don't know what happens to soil organisms if dried out and kept indoors.

Were they germinating OK this way for the first 2 months? Maybe they dislike being burried so deep when mixed all through the soil.

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2013
6:12 PM

Post #9585586

Did you ever resolve the problem?

it occurred to me that soil microbes like fungus or bacteria, or even very small insects, might be killing the seeds.

Now I buy my cat grass wheat seed from the Fred Meyer "bulk" row:

Fred Meyers Hard Red Spring Wheat Berries
Triticum aestivum

I haven't figured out which Oat seed would be most likely to be alive and viable.

I have some years-old fall rye that I bought for a cover crop.


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