🌱 Fast & Easy Seed Germination: How to Start Seedlings from Paper Towel Method (Container vs Baggie)


Hi YouTubers! I’m Al Gracian from Albopepper.com. Want to speed up your seedling germination? Are you trying to conserve seeds from a low
count seed packet? Maybe you just want to skip the seed starting
mix and go straight to the big boy mixes. Pre-germinating your seeds is the way to go! And this tip will get you on your way. There are several variations, but here’s how
I do it. Get a dish. Fold up a paper towel. Soak the towel completely with water. Spread out your seeds in an even layer. Gently press them onto the towel. Then cover the bowl tightly with clear plastic
wrap. And that’s it for the first phase! Do the seeds need warmth for germination? You could place them on a heating mat or near
a heat source like a woodstove, radiator or furnace vent. Do the seeds need light for germination? Get a little grow light or just use a bright
window sill. Check daily to see when the seeds sprout. Once the first set of leaves have emerged,
it’s time for phase two: Planting. It couldn’t be easier. Prepare your pot and potting mix. I like to pre-moisten the pot from the bottom. Then you can dig a wee little hole with your
implement of choice. Grab a single seedling, gently, by one of
its leaves. Insert into the hole, getting the root all
the way down. Careful now. Don’t bend it! Close up the hole. And give the soil surface a nice deep spritz
of water. That’s it! This works for peppers & tomatoes. For larger, thick seeds, you can lay an additional
wet paper towel on top. The system is great for small seeds like lettuce. Seeds that are sensitive to fertilizer salts
may have trouble imbibing or absorbing water. The high nutrient levels in the soil create
osmotic pressure, sapping some of that water away from the seeds. This technique bypasses that issue, allowing
you to then directly plant the sprouted seedlings into a common potting mix of your choice. You don’t need to buy a fancy humidity dome
for germination. This also allows you to plant just a single
seed per container, perfectly conserving resources and ensuring there aren’t any duds! Variations on this technique include pre-germinating
in vermiculite. Or using a plastic bag instead of a dish. Using a plastic ziploc baggie is good for
tracking a large variety of seeds. Using a walled container allows seed leaves
to open up naturally. Whatever method you prefer, this can save
you a lot of time and frustration! Thanks for watching. Please subscribe if you haven’t already. And as always, Happy Gardening!

15 thoughts on “🌱 Fast & Easy Seed Germination: How to Start Seedlings from Paper Towel Method (Container vs Baggie)

  1. I have a question. If the seed cracks open and a tap root starts but then stops; does that mean the seeds are bad? I usually have a near 100% success rate germinating. This week only 20%.

  2. It occured to me that the ziplock baggies could be inflated slightly before sealing to get a similar effect to a walled container by lifting the top of the bag away from the seedlings. Great video, albo! Thanks.

  3. Will consider if i have germination prob. So far, no difficulty using jst plug tray and literally putting 1 seed in each, get about 95+%. This method tho is ez on the watering, almost no watering, hands off germination.

  4. Albo!, really thanks for sharing! 🙂 i started with hydroponics and lettuces and your channel has been a huuuge help with lots of information. Really thanks! :-). I noticed that on your other videos you use aluminum tinfoil for reflecting the walls.. do you plan to do a comparative video regarding reflecting materials like Mylar, aluminum tinfoil and just white paint? Your videos are extremely helpful for me and you doing one of them would be extremely helpful!. Again, really thanks for all these videos! 😀

  5. My only concern is shouldn't really towels with dyes. Other then that good video still. I still plant most seeds into medium. Keep up the great video's though

  6. It is too early for me to start seeding seeds in Zone 6. I'm a 1st-time PaGardener and I'm thinking of starting my seeds in late February or Mid March. I do like your method Thanks for sharing

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