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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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[–] SarahTheGreen 1 points (+1|-0)

What I've read for native plants is to gather the seeds fresh then sow them right away so they winter outside. They need to be fresh. It's possible none of your seeds are fresh enough. (I've had a lot of problems with seeds, too.)

That could be a possibility, I got them from another gardener in an exchange so I don't have any info on their freshness. I will try soaking a couple, though. Thank you!