Nothing is more frustrating than sowing tons of seeds and then after a few weeks finding that only a few if any have sprouted. You can save yourself a lot of disappointment by testing your stored seeds for viability first, before going through the trouble of putting them into the soil.
How to Test Stored Seed for Viability
- a plastic tray
- paper towels or coffee filters
- plastic bags
- water spray bottle
Seeds must be soaked for several days to remove the hard seed coats. To do this follow these simple steps:
- Moisten the paper towel and place it on the tray
- Remove 10 equally sized seeds from your seed packets and place them on the moist paper towel.
- Cover with another moist towel
- Spray with water if you notice the paper towel drying out
- If you place the paper in plastic bags( see video), make sure to not seal it all the way so some ear can get in.
In a couple of days, seeds should start to sprout giving you a good indication if your seeds are ready for planting.