Originally Posted by Gangabiss
1. How many times do you fold the paper towel or do you simply lay the seeds on 1 ply of it? Basically does the seed need to be cushioned with a thick layer of them or is it fine to just 'sandwich them between too loose layers of moist towel?
Air should pass through seeds. Water must stay in contact with seeds.
Air is needed to take things 'clean' and when the first root comes off the shell, it likes so much humid air. Roots loves humid air.
2. How much water do you add to the towel? And do you squeeze off any excess? If so, do you squeeze it out with the seeds inside to 'mould' them to the towel and make them snug?
Not so much water. Everything should stay moist, a little wet, but avoid too much water. If you need to loosen the seed's shells let them stay in water for some hours.
I know it might seem like I'm being pedantic here but I just want to make sure I can't blame my technique again this time. And I really don't want to waste any more money on seeds!
Little things don't mean they're stupid things.
Now, I want to point out the contamination. You shouldn't use anything dirt or not disinfected when treating with seeds. I know they can sprout in the shit, but you want 100% germination in the best way, right?
Air, or better said oxygen is your ally, both for roots and for keeping bacteria contamination down.
Use only clean stuff, possibly disinfected and work in a clean room.
Paper towel is better sprayed, not squeezed nor compressed. When spraying make sure the water is safe and not contaminate.
Now, put everything in a germination room with no T° fluctuation and that's it. Depending on T° they will sprout few days earlier or later.
Remember too, when a seed doesn't sprout, it doesn't mean the seed is not viable. Many seeds have an hard shell, depending on the strain family and everything, so you could see them stay even a month without doing anything, THAN, if you leave them dry out, and moist them again, many of them will probably sprout because (I suppose) of little external lacerations. This work, at least for me, many times.
Disinfected pyrex dishes and disinfected table.
clean paper towels in
Seeds in, folded and not pressed, sprayed
Clean Cellophane and that's it
I just put them inside the towel like this:
After 36/48 hours the first check.
Hope it helps…I lost many seeds once to use contaminated medium, so I just like to keep everything clean and it works nicely, also because we can see exactly what's happening and that's good to understand how a seed work and if the root has any malformation.