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Hi all! I have a moderate amount of vegetable gardening experience and I'm looking to fine tune my methods. I've noticed that my seed germination rates are somewhat below average. I'm very low maintenance in general, starting the seeds in a loose mix with lots of peat, in nursery pots in my east facing garage window (no supplemental light) once the cotyledons are fully opened, I start moving them outdoors unless the temps will be too low (I'm in a warm climate).

This works okay, but this year I had more duds than usual, including a rare native plant I don't have many seeds for.

Do any of you have any other methods you prefer? I've tried plastic bags and using plastic domes and always run into mold issues.

Once the plants have true leaves I feel totally confident in their care, but I don't want to waste any more hard-to-replace seeds. Any tips? Thanks!!!

Hi all! I have a moderate amount of vegetable gardening experience and I'm looking to fine tune my methods. I've noticed that my seed germination rates are somewhat below average. I'm very low maintenance in general, starting the seeds in a loose mix with lots of peat, in nursery pots in my east facing garage window (no supplemental light) once the cotyledons are fully opened, I start moving them outdoors unless the temps will be too low (I'm in a warm climate). This works okay, but this year I had more duds than usual, including a rare native plant I don't have many seeds for. Do any of you have any other methods you prefer? I've tried plastic bags and using plastic domes and always run into mold issues. Once the plants have true leaves I feel totally confident in their care, but I don't want to waste any more hard-to-replace seeds. Any tips? Thanks!!!

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[–] stern-as-steel 0 points (+0|-0)

Supplemental light has made a huge difference to me. Got a light for about 30 dollars from the local hardware store. It doesn't cover all the seedlings, but I move them around each day so they're under it one or two days out of three and that's made a huge difference. Had almost 100% germination.

Also, apparently getting seeds directly from sellers is helpful. I've heard that the seed storage by intermediary places (grocery stores, etc) is not good and that contributes to low germination.