Germination Test Discussion

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    • #8765
      frances_craik
      Keymaster

      Please share your experience performing a germination test here!

    • #8955
      Peggy Ahola
      Participant

      Just started my germination test this morning, using 10 Zinnia seeds that were collected in the fall of 2018.

    • #9048
      Linda DeWitt
      Participant

      I’m still threshing my sweet little wheat harvest but plan to germ test one variety.

    • #9075
      Jen deHaan
      Participant

      I’m testing three very different things. Lettuce seed I collected this year (Cracoviensis), an upright ground cherry I grew for Seeds of Diversity this year, and Purple Valley barley. 25 lettuce seeds, 25 barley seeds, 50 ground cherry seeds.

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    • #9152
      Ashley Overstreet
      Participant

      I tested 15 grains of the Red Fife wheat I grew this year. On Day 3, I had 13 grains that had germinated. On Day 5, all 15 had germinated. I didn’t realize wheat would start that quickly, but maybe that’s the difference between growing outdoors and in a more controlled environment.

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      Colbert
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    • #9376
      Jessy Swisher
      Participant

      On the night of October 20, I started my germination test.  I started 10 seeds each of the following: Blue Emmer, Turkey Red Wheat, Caucasus ancient bread wheat, and Huauzontle.  Then I forgot to check the seeds until the morning of October 23.

      As of 10/23, the Blue Emmer and Turkey Red Wheat had 100% germination.  The Caucasus had 7 out of 10 fully germinated, with one more beginning to germinate.  The huauzontle had 7 out of 10 germinated.

      I checked again the afternoon of 10/24, and there were 8 Caucasus germinated and 8 huauzontle germinated.  At that point, I planted all the wheat and emmer seeds, and left the huazontle to check on one more day.

      I was surprised at the vigor of the wheat and emmer seeds.  The Caucasus was from the 2018 harvest (I got from Eli Rogosa at the NOFA-NY Conference in Jan 2019).  The Blue Emmer and Turkey Red Wheat were from the 2019 harvest (I got from growers in Jan 2020 at Grain School in Colorado).  The two photos below show how strongly the wheat was germinating through the paper towel within just 3 days.

      I was also surprised about the germination of the huauzontle.  Those were seeds I had just harvested within the last few weeks.  But I was surprised because I had seeded an entire 72-count try of huauzontle at the beginning of the year, and only 2 plants germinated.  I had also direct seeded more seeds and the germination was very poor.  I thought this plant was very difficult to germinate.  But now I think it was either: planting depth was too deep, soil ph was off, or the seeds I was sold were poor quality (lots of empty seed cases).

      germ 1

      germ 2

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