Testing Seeds Before Planting


In a couple steps you can find out if your garden seeds are dud or studs.

A basic gardening tip for germinating is you should test your seed inventory before planting.  This was something I have always done in the past, but for whatever reason when I started seeds without stress back in February, I skipped this step.

So, I am eating my own advice and recently found myself in the kitchen looking at dirt pods that didn’t germinate.  

I came to the conclusion that most of my seeds were duds and I would need to start over.  I also decided in the future I would wait until the first week of March to begin.

Getting ready for spring planting by testing seeds

Does One Give Up?

Over the last three years of not gardening, it occurred to me that during our move and building our home I overlooked keeping my seed stash in a cool place.  The truth, I had too much going on and when things are out of sight and out of mind, I can easily forget details.

Does one give up at this point?  Absolutely not and the best course of action is to test your seed inventory.  That was my plan the second time around in addition to picking up some new herb packets.

I first transplanted the seedlings that did germinate because it wasn't a 100% loss.  Then I decreased my inventory keeping with my favorites knowing that I would probably have to replace more later.  

All of this was okay, things happen for a reason and honestly, I’m just thankful to have a garden this year.

Simple steps to testing seeds prior to planting to increase germination and not waste time.

Testing Seeds in Water

Moving forward I decided to always test seeds, even if they are a brand-new purchase. This is a very simple process and it’s a matter of getting a clean dish; I chose white ceramic because you have a clear visual of what’s taking place.

Then fill the dish with water and add your seeds.  If they sink, you can expect them to germinate.  If they float that means they are duds.  Take a teaspoon, remove the floaters and then dump the water without removing the sinkers.

Now you can begin planting in seed trays or start directly in the ground if freezing temperatures have expired.  Most seeds will quickly germinate in under 7-10 days and transplanting can begin when they get their second or third set of leaves. 

The important thing to remember is you don’t quit because you experienced a flop. Learn from that moment and keep moving forward.  This approach could be applied to so many things in life and the one who continues to rise for good keeps standing.

So, as I write this message, I have also been working on my Garden Up Green book.  I’m happy to report I recently finished the herb chapter which was very long. On a side note, my basil, parsley, and cilantro have germinated.

I’m currently writing the flower chapter and hope to complete it later this week.  This will bring me to the next that I have titled “Germinate, Transplant and Propagate” that last one is my favorite activity.  If you were a GUG reader then you know I was always taking cuttings, dividing plants and growing my inventory wherever I was rooted.

I am excited to report that progress is being made and with day light savings finally here I should have no problem reaching my goals.  It is all about having a focus and if you are gardening this year do not hesitate to test your seeds before planting.

See the Good,