All You Need to Know to Start

Warm, moist & cold methods for seed stratification and methods for seed scarification. Everything you need to start evolving your seeds.

“Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” Let’s take a look at the answer to just how a garden grows, and the natural evolution of seeds:

True, the growing seasons in different areas are different, but normally there is a warmer season to be called “spring” for this analysis and a colder season to be called “fall.” Spring brings new growth, flowers and blossoms; a flower has two parts to the center tubular part – a stigma and a stamen. The stamen produces pollen which is carried (usually by the bees) to the stigma, where it moves via a style to the ovary of the plant. Ovules or seeds are produced which set up the reproductive cycle to continue. As the flower blooms die, the seeds dry out and scatter to lie dormant in the fall and the cooler season and to germinate and sprout again the next spring.

Scattering of the seeds is done naturally in nature by the wind, pod bursts, birds, animal waste and just plain dropping to the ground. Harvesting is also done by humans, where seeds are gathered, stored and planted the following cycle. The elements needed in a successful growth cycle are: soil, water and sunshine. Nature supplies all three.

Most seeds do not ever germinate immediately, and need either time or a special treatment. Seed stratification is a special treatment that tricks the seeds, in a manner of speaking. It is a process to make germination easier, speedier and more controlled by pre-treating the seeds to simulate the right conditions.