Seedlings grow tall with cold tea and a stroke

Simple solutions for the seed sowing season

Ever since I received my first packet of seed (from Santa Claus, when I was six) I have found sparking life into little plants endlessly fascinating. It may come as no surprise that March, the official start of seed-sowing season, is my favourite time of year. But for newbies and, frankly, even more experienced growers, it can be a tricky way to propagate plants. So if you, like me, are already getting into a sowing frenzy this month, here is my rundown of the top three most common seed-sowing problems, and some simple, evidence-based solutions that may help overcome any problems.

Right from the start, the first hurdle many come across is that seeds don’t appear to germinate at all. Even if you have followed all the packet instructions, certain species (for example many members of the daisy family) are known to exhibit erratic germination. This is a nifty evolutionary strategy that helps to stagger different generations, allowing plants not to put all their eggs in one basket. Being patient can pay dividends.

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