Seed germanation helper?????

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at
Mon Jun 5 09:13:16 EDT 2000

Parsley has natural germination inhibitors in them. They deteriorate over
time or can be washed out with water. Nicking them and/or soaking them
should help. But it's aloways a good idea to overseed and thin back.

Bill Shoemaker
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
Univ of Illinois - St Charles Hort Research Center

>Nicking the seeds, then soaking helps.  I've not heard
>of a solution to improve germination, though I use a
>seaweed extract in which to soak hard seeds (from
>Johnny's).  I do the parsley for 12 hours.  It's still
>an iffy thing if they will sprout.  I've had better
>results planting all my parsley in the fall for the
>following year's harvest.  This may also just be
>climate/microclimate/soil related thing.
>Liz Pike
>Morningstar Gardens
>Pollocksville NC

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