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Subject: Sowing fine seed
Date Posted: 4/1/2009 11:45 PM ET
Member Since: 9/23/2006
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I don't know if this will work for everything but it's something I tried and it worked.

I've had trouble sowing fine seed like nicotiana because I can't see where it goes on the mix.  I had a Bounty paper towel disintegrate from being in water and I also have put them in the bottom of pots just to keep the soil fromsifting out.  I thought I'd try something.

I had lots of Nicotiana "Red Bedder" seed and a small flat.  I cut a piece of paper towel that fit the flat and seperated the two layers; then I wet the potting medium and the toweling and pressed it down lightly.  I sprinkled my seed on the white toweling and covered it with plastic wrap.  Maybe I could refine this a bit (try making grooves or something) but the seeds have germinated and look healthy.  I guess they were strong enough to go through the toweling.  I got the "Red Bedder" from Select Seeds and you sure get a lot of them.  I never grew that variety before. 

I would have tried it with coleus if I'd had enough and had though of it in time.  This would work with seeds that aren't supposed to be covered.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 7:22 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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That's pretty cool.  Some of those seeds just disappear, don't they?