Seed soak and paper towel method test #1
I’ll start off with a simple germination method. The old seed soak and paper towel technique.
This test I will be using the large size seeds because that’s what I have the most of and I can afford to waste a few of these to find out what recipe works best. With each recipe below I will be using 50 seeds to get a accurate sample number.
Things you’ll need:
Heat mat with controller
PH drops or pen
Ph up and down
Glass dinner plate or plastic bags
Here’s a list of recipes I compiled and some I made up. I will test all of these side by side to see which ones work best. Also I will be running a control test along with these that will be just plain ph’d water to see if there are any benefits to adding supplements.
With all the recipes listed below the seeds were soaked in the solution that was a ph of 6.3 to 6.5 for 24 hours then placed in two folded paper towels on a dinner plate then plain ph’d water was poured on the paper towels and the plate was then placed on a heat mat set to 75 to 80 °F
Recipe #1: 2 cups of pure water, 5ml botanicare blast off or a few drops of super thrive, 20ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide. This recipe is what I use for all the fresh seeds I pop and it’s always worked great for me.
Recipe #2: 2 cups of pure water, 5ml of kelp extract or kelp based nutrient, 5ml blast off.
Recipe #3: 1 quart of pure water, 1/4 tsp of bloom booster nutrient (or 1/4 strength of what bloom booster you have), 30ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide.
Recipe #4: 2 cups pure water, 5ml of blast off or a few drops of super thrive, 2ml of molasses.
Recipe #5: 2 cups pure water, 2ml of botanicare fulvex (trace mineral extract), 5ml of blast off.
The germination rates with each recipe:
Control test: 7% germination rate
Recipe #1: 10% germination rate.
Recipe #2: 8% germination rate.
Recipe #3: 6% germination rate.
Recipe #4: 10% germination rate.
Recipe #5: 12% germination rate.
Ok so I didn’t see any clear winner here I think their all within the margin of error. The germination rates were pretty good with seeds this old but I was hoping to find a recipe that would double or triple the germ rates but that clearly didn’t happen. Also none stood out from the control test.
Last edited by Mystic Funk; 11-17-2016 at 03:46 AM..