Transporting your seeds can be a pain as they’re so sensitive. With paper towels, once your seeds start to sprout you need to transfer them into some soil, this is the only thing I prefer about the soil method, no transferring! They’re the only two drawbacks in my opinion though, so let’s take a look at germinating seeds in soil.
Yes, toilet paper is an effective material for germinating seeds. It works nearly as well as paper towels but the only issue is that it can tear easily. When using toilet paper, you might want to use a few sheets to avoid this problem.
How Long Does It Take To Germinate Seeds On A Paper Towel?
My friend always ask me why I tend to germinate my seeds on paper towels instead of soil. There’s quite a few reasons why I choose this method, most of the time anyway as I do sometimes opt for using heating mats. So, let’s compare the benefits and drawbacks to both methods. If you don’t want to read the full break down, here’s a quick summary so you can skip to my paper towel growing guide!
You can transplant your seeds to soil as soon as you see them start to sprout. Bear in mind that when you pot them in soil, you must not pack the soil down. If it’s packed, the seedlings will not be able to reach the surface and will subsequently die.
So, here’s my preferred method on germinating seeds on paper towels. You don’t necessarily have to use paper towels, there are a few other household items that work just as well with this exact method. For example, you can use: coffee filter papers, newspaper or cotton wool pads. Anyway, let’s get into it.
Garden soil can contain high levels of disease and insects that can cause harm to your seeds. Therefore, it is the safer option in most cases to start your seeds off indoors in ‘seed and cutting’ compost. Obviously, these conditions will vary from plant to plant, so make sure you check thoroughly before beginning the process.
We suggest covering your container lightly with plastic sheeting/damp newspaper. This will act as a way to regulate and trap moisture and temperature. This is important as if your seeds dry out they will not germinate properly.
2) Learn About Your Seeds
A seed is defined in the dictionary as being ‘the unit of reproduction of a flowering plant, capable of developing into another such plant. We recently spoke about how plant cells grow and how to sow seeds indoors , so we thought we would expand on that a little bit.
Normally, you should plant your seeds between 4-6 weeks prior to moving them outside, however, species do vary. Also, you may be required to plant your seeds indoors earlier than predicted or indeed later, all dependant on the weather at the time.
You can purchase propagators which are designed for growing multiple fruit or vegetables from seed. These containers are perfect for the task at hand.
Timing: You should be using a custom seed starting calendar that maps out what seeds to start when based on your average last frost date.
#2: Don’t try to plant old seeds.
Tips for How to Germinate Seeds for Seed Starting
If the temperature is too cold, pepper and tomato seeds may take up to three weeks or more to germinate. (Happened to me!)
When you take the time to understand the needs of the seeds you’re planting at home you can greatly increase your success, and greatly decrease the potential frustration that can accompany the seed starting process.
You could store your seeds in your refrigerator. Most recommendations I’ve read suggest using glass jars with desiccant packets placed in them.