I'm just wondering if anyone knows whether it matters too much if I
happen to put too much of a layer of soil over the seeds when the packet
specifically says that there should be a "very fine sprinkling"? I have
put about half a centimeter of soil over the seeds. Will the seeds still
Also, the packet says that I should put the container into a sealed
polythene bag, but I have put them into a propagator instead. Does this
matter too much?
1/2 cm shouldn't matter.
propagator? If you are talking about a nursery flat w/ a propagation/
humidity dome or plastic wrap, you should be fine with that also.
Just watch to ensure it does not get too humid nor too dry and every
once in a while circulate fresh air. I use a light dusting of
cinnamon on my flats. It has been reported to have anti fungal
properties as has tumeric and chamomile tea. The cinnamon seems to
help me but I also use Neem and fans quite a bit in my GH.
It's going to be tougher, as I'm guessing these seeds are small and so the
seedlings will be small. It's a race to get tall enough to reach the light
before running out of stored nutrients in the seed.
If the soil is loose, it will probably be ok.
They're trying to prevent the seeds from drying out during germination. If
your propagator has a high relative humidity (better yet, a mist system!) it's
even better. Seedlings in plastic bags have a tendency to damp off.
Having high relative humidity and good air circulation leads to healthier
I typically grow seedlings under an intermittent mist in an area with good
air circulation -- sometimes I help the air circulation out with a fan.
Plain sand as seed cover (or sand and milled sphagnum mix) is also useful in
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