I like to use the paper
towel on a plate method to germinate my seeds. It gives me more and earlier
control as to which plants are the strongest growers.
is how it works:
1. Take a plate, paper towel, your seed
and some plastic wrap.
2. place the paper towel on the plate and put the seed or multiple seeds
on the towel. ( be careful to label the seeds well so
you don't mix them up.)
I will not put the seeds from different plants on the same plate.
I also find that using a fine point sharpie marker I can write directly on
the seed to label it. - It does not seem to hinder growth in any way.
3. Next cover the seed with another sheet of paper towel.
Pour a bit of warm (Not Hot) water about 75-85 degrees on to the paper
towels. Just enough to get everything moist, there is not need to totally
drench the seed.
5. Cover the plate completely with the
plastic wrap and put the plate in a warm dark place. Pumpkin seeds
germinate best at tempters of about 80 degrees. If it gets any hotter
you are in danger of killing the seeds. I know a guy that had
several top seeds some that he paid over $40.00 each for. He got
over creative and put his seeds in a hot house with a heating pad under
them. The sun came up and over $150.00 of primo seeds got
fried. It was the most expensive pumpkins seeds we ever ate.
I do like to us a heating pad, but keep the seeds out of the sun.
Some people will put them on top of the refrigerator it is usually a nice
constant warm up there.
6. If all goes well you shoud
see the seedling beginning to sprout in about 4 - 7 days.
Usually I will germinate several of the same seeds together and pick out
the fasted germinating and strongest growers of the bunch to transplant
into pots. This gets the selection process to an early start.
It is important to keep a very close eye on the germination process.
Once the plant starts to grow it grows fast. You are going to want to get
your prize candidates into pots of soil as soon as they start germination.
missing this opportunity by even 4 hours could be devastating.