Testing seed germination
I don't test all my seeds germination rates, but for cranky seeds or older seeds I do. and that is if I have enough extra seeds.
I take 5 seeds, wet a paper towel and lay the towel flat. Half a towel in plenty. Place the seeds on the paper towel and fold over the seeds one time. Place in a bag and put on top of the refrigerator.
The refrigerator gives the seeds a small amount of heat and the moist paper towel and plastic bag keeps them evenly moist. In a few day to a week you should have seed sprouting. Using only 5 seeds you will get a percentage of how they will sprout.
If only three sprout I know my germination rate is only 60 %. I might want to use willow water or a fertilizer to encourage better germination.
If all 5 sprout, I am doing the happy dance!
If your seed germination is lower than you want
you can plant them more heavy to make up for poor germination
use willow water or fertilizer to try to encourage the seeds to grow
get fresher seeds
or throw them in a compost pile on top and figure that any that grow are a bonus. My one neighbor does this with questionable seeds and has the prettiest compost pile in the summer
Depending on the seed I might keep these sample seeds and plant them in soil. Or at least feed them to the chickens
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