After the seeds sprout and you see the cotyledon, let the seedlings remain in dull light for a day until they adjust to the light around. For indoor growers, using CFLs will help. If you’re growing outdoors, you can cut the top of a coke plastic bottle and place it on top of the seedlings to prevent harsh sunlight. Make sure you do this only for a day or two and the seedlings will adjust to the environment.
So, all you need is a hard and scratchy surface like, say, sand paper. You can also opt for a nail file. Then, pick your seeds one by one and rub the tips once or twice on the sand paper. Remember that it has to be light and swift because if you press too much you might destroy the seeds way before you even soak them in water!
After 24 hours have passed, you’ll see that the seeds have split a bit. It’s not going to be easily visible, but if you look closely you will see a slight crack and the white interior of the seed inside. At this point, get a few paper towels, and place the seeds in them. Wrap the seeds lightly and sprinkle some water on the towels.
Note that you cannot overdo this step. Meaning the towels have to be moist – neither too wet nor too dry. Place the towels in a ziplock bag or anything that’s airtight. This is important since placing the towels in an open area will make them dry out faster and the seeds will not be viable anymore. Next, place the airtight container in a dry area. Now, you’ve done everything you can, and it all depends on time and the seeds after this stage.
Step 4 – Get paper towels
Maintaining enough moisture in the soil is critical. In some locations, the soil may dry out faster due to the climate. In such cases, watch the pots every 5-6 hours and pour water if they are too dry. If you’ve poured too much water, a good container will help drain out all the excess.
Step 5 – Check the seeds
Step 4: Close the Tupperware and place it in a warm dark area. Check on the seeds everyday, if the towels are dry add a little water. The seeds can take up to a few days to germinate.
Step 3: Place 2 of the wet pieces of paper towel in a plastic Tupperware. Place the seeds on the wet towel, spacing them out. Place the other 2 wet paper towels on top of them.
Step 5: Once the seed splits open and a sprout appears the seed has germinated. It is time to transfer your seed. Make a slight and very shallow indent into your soil.
Step 1: Place the seed in a shot glass filled with water. Check the seed every hour and give it a light tap, when it starts to sink move on to step 2.
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Step 2: Take 4 pieces of paper towel. Soak them with preferably distilled water. The paper should be wet or heavily damp, not excessively wet with water running off.
Step 6: Place the seed in the indent with the sprout facing down. Lightly cover it with soil. Then wet the soil with a spray bottle. Do not overwater the seed or it will die.