Tips on handling tiny seeds?

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Browseruk

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Tips on handling tiny seeds?
« on: March 13, 2023, 13:33 »
I just potted 20 cauli and 20 broccoli seeds; and boy is it ever fiddly trying to get them in the holes in the compost.  I'm not at all convinced all of them made it into the holes; but once you let go they are impossible to see.

Is there some technique for handling them?
« Last Edit: March 13, 2023, 19:16 by Browseruk »

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Growster...

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Re: Tips on handling tiny seeds?
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2023, 17:52 »
I think it's a matter of just getting the seed on the surface, shaking some dry compost over them using a 3" flower pot, then - er - just waiting!

I used to spend ages getting begonias going, (the seeds are just dust!), but it really is such a satisfying result to see the tiny leaves appearing and ready for new homes!

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Re: Tips on handling tiny seeds?
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2023, 19:16 »
At what stage did you pot them on.. I let them get at least 2 true sets of leaves before even thinking of potting up!

I wasn't potting them on; but rather sowing them.

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Re: Tips on handling tiny seeds?
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2023, 19:19 »
I think it's a matter of just getting the seed on the surface, shaking some dry compost over them using a 3" flower pot, then - er - just waiting!

Ah! That's what I did wrong. I filled the pots, poked little holes on the compost and tried to drop the seeds into them.

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Re: Tips on handling tiny seeds?
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2023, 11:20 »
Mix tiny seeds with dry sand and use this mix to distribute over your seed tray.
Check if these seeds need to be covered as a lot of tiny seeds don't.

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Re: Tips on handling tiny seeds?
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2023, 16:19 »
Mix the tiny seeds with fine sand and sprinkle over a seed tray, cover with the required depth of compost. Once they germinate and are big enough to handle, prick them out into your pots.   


 

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