Germination Testing at Home

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How to test the germination of your seeds at home with household materials. Video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPLJk0kBcMg

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  • Welcome to the Seed Savers Exchange webinar series.
  • Germination Testing at Home

    1. 1. Presented by Andrea Springmeier 2012 Seed Savers Exchange Webinar Series Home Germination Testing
    2. 2. Our mission is to save North America’s diverse, but endangered, garden heritage for future generations by building a network of people committed to collecting, conserving, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants, while educating people about the value of genetic and cultural diversity.
    3. 3. Gathering Supplies
    4. 4. paper towels plastic bags thermometer cup or container spray bottle rubber bands nail clipper pencil
    5. 5. Supplies • thermometer • plastic bags or plastic wrap • rubber bands • pencil or marker • paper towels • cup or container • spray bottle • nail clippers or razor blade
    6. 6. Seed and Sprout Parts
    7. 7. seed coat (testa) hypocotyl cotyledon primary leaves future root (radicle)
    8. 8. Germination Requirements
    9. 9. Test Setup
    10. 10. Evaluation
    11. 11. late germinator or abnormal seedling good germination
    12. 12. mold discoloration cracks
    13. 13. hilum nick nick
    14. 14. (healthy seedlings) (total seeds tested) x 100 = germination rate
    15. 15. (healthy seedlings) (total seeds tested) x 100 = germination rate 20 / 25 x 100 = 80%
    16. 16. 2012 Seed Savers Exchange Webinar Series Thank You! Additional Resources Seed to Seed, Suzanne Ashworth A Seed Saving Guide for Gardeners and Farmers, Organic Seed Alliance www.seedsavers.org/site/pdf/HomeGermTests_LAFrevised.pdf

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