Want to learn how to germinate tomato seeds faster?
Try germinating them in a paper towel! Here’s how!
Germination is the process of a seed becoming a seedling. Seeds are dormant when you purchase, harvest or clean and grow them.
It depends. Some seeds need light to germinate, but many do not. The plant itself is what needs light to grow.
Seeds need three things to germinate: water, oxygen, and the correct temperature. The soil temperature is what trigggers germination.
There are 2 types of germination: Epigeal and Hypogeal Germination. With epigeal, the cotyledons rise above the soil, while in hypogeal they remain below soil.
We are talking about germinating tomato seeds. Here is what you will need:
Paper towels Water in a spray bottle Plastic zip lock bag Tomato seeds
Collect and clean the seeds from a tomato. Take a paper towel and fold it in half. Fill a spray bottle with water and spray it onto both sides of the paper towel.
One by one, place the tomato seeds onto one side of the paper towel. Do not overlap the seeds. Lightly spray again with water.
Loosely roll the paper towel with the seeds on the inside. Open a plastic zip lock bag and spray the inside lightly with water.
Place the rolled-up paper towel inside the zip lock bag and seal. Keep it near a heat source, like the back of a refrigerator.
Check daily to see if the seeds have germinated. Roll it again and place it back inside the bag, near the heat source. It could be 2 days to 2 weeks.
When the main root comes out, remove the seeds, with the roots attached, from the paper towel and plant them into the soil. Happy planting!
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