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How to germinate seeds - All you need to know

The best way to germinate seeds is:


Step 1 -  Decide to germinate the seeds
Step 2 - Germinate the seeds 

I've just read the following which is as useful as the advice above.

The sub heading is ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW and yet the article literally tells me nothing at all. It couldn't possibly be that Gardeners World is luring people to the site with promises of expert knowledge only to deliver..... Adverts? Could it? 

We sadly had to cut our Judas tree down last year and I gathered as many pods as I could. I would like to grow one or some from the  seeds within the pods but I don't know where to start. 

Not to worry, expert, Veronica Peerless has written ALL I need to know. 

Veronica's method is as follows...

"You can sow Judas tree seeds (saved from last year’s pods) under cover in spring" .

That is literally all it says.

Is Veronica using a Jedi mind trick here? Maybe these are the droids I'm looking for. 

So, following Veronica's advice, I've found a cover. I'm using the cover of the album "Purple Rain" by Prince. 

So I just put the pods under the CD cover? 

Do I need to remove it from the plastic case? 

Right, to cover every possible option I have done as follows.... 

Split the pods into 4 piles. 

Pile 1 - I've put under Purple Rain (with the plastic case still on) 

Pile 2 - I've put under "Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'arby" by Terence Trent D'arby (with the plastic case still on) 

Pile 3 - I've put under "No Jacket Required" by Phil Collins (plastic case removed) 

Pike 4 - I've put under "Popped In - Souled Out" by Wet Wet Wet  (plastic case removed) 

One of my friends said I need to use compost but I told him "Not necessary. Or Veronica would have said" 

I will let you all know which pile gives the best yield. 

My money is on Collins. 



  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,095
    My money's on Wet Wet Wet. They need a bit of moisture.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,965
    I thought maybe it was 1st April.....
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,268
    I'd reduce your dosage.
    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    Ah perhaps you misunderstood Veronica's advice themanfromvolantis. When she says "You can sow Judas tree seeds (saved from last year’s pods) under cover in spring" ., might she have meant, say, wear an anorak or carry an umbrella for cover? Or of course she might have meant cardboard in which case the CD's are knackered because they are scratched to bits. 

    I don't know, these experts can be so confusing for mere mortals such as we readers. They give a me headache. However, I look forward to your next post when you tell us how you have fared, best of luck. 
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 2,639
    I think you may be missing a step or 2  @themanfromvolantis.
    Step 1   collect seeds   tick
    Step 2    decide to germinate seeds    tick
    Step 3    sow seeds in appropriate medium   Compost or CD covers   partial tick ?
    Step 4    germinate seeds   no ticks yet  
    On a slightly more serious note,   Judas trees are indeed beautiful so best of luck :)
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,804
    Just to complicate matters, I'd have sown half of them as soon as gathered and then left them to stratify over winter.   Sowing the other half in spring would be to hedge my bets.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • NollieNollie Posts: 6,744
    Dear oh dear, it gets ever more confusing. I assumed that to sow seeds under cover Veronica meant you actually had to go under cover, perhaps as an innocent Russian tourist visiting Salisbury?
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,737
    edited March 2022
    It's usually not germinating the seeds that's difficult ... given moisture and a little gentle warmth they do it themselves ... you don't even need compost ...  remember growing mustard and cress on a piece of kitchen towel when you were a child ...keeping them growing once they've germinated ...  that's a different matter ...
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    Or to really complicate things;
    Step 1 -  Decide to germinate the seeds
    Step 2 - Germinate the seeds 

    and whilst deciding mice eat seeds. Now what?
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 2,639
    Give up ?  Grow Mice instead ?  Spread Mice out on a layer of compost ( or whatever medium you choose ) and then keep warm and moist until Mice and/or seed germinates ? Or as @Obelixx suggests, pop half the Mice in the fridge to stratify ?  Endless possibilities really.
    I rather think that @themanfromvolantis knows his options but it just feeling T'd off at the seeming lack of useful info available for his particular seeds ;)  

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