How to pregerminate seed

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by LawnLad, Apr 9, 2003.

  1. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
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    How does one actually go about pregerminating seed? Does this work with blends of seed or mixes or both? How long do you have to work with it before it sprouts?

    Never done this before - so if someone can walk me through the process as a neophyte, that would be great.

  2. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    I remember reading of it on a website some time ago, but didn't bookmark it. Spreading it would seem to be the problem?? Drop seeder for sure I guess?>
  3. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    Leave a bag of seed in the back of your pickup for a couple of weeks. :D

    Most of it will be germinated by then. Don't ask me how I know.

    I used it though and It's looking good.
  4. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    Ive never done it, but a few ways would be to soak the seed in water, or find a way to scarify the seeds.
  5. alfman

    alfman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I've done it filling up buckets half full of seed then adding water to the buckets (not all the way to the top the seed will expand when it soaks) in the evening. In the morning you can see some green in your seed . I then use the seed that day. It does make it a pain to fill up the hydroseeder lugging up buckets of wet seed . I've done it a few times but I really don't think it worth the hassle.
  6. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 738

    I'm wondering when you soak the seed if you're then supposed to let it dry or how do you spread it. We use the good old traditional methods of rotary, drop spreaders and a Ryan Slitseeder depending on the application. Oh, and the tried and true mehtod of hand tossing.

    With wet seed I don't see any of these methods of spreading working well. Maybe I'm wrong...

    If you soak it over night in water - certainly depending on weahter, what can you expect for germination time on rye, fescue. And for that matter, blue grass?

  7. SCL

    SCL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 543

    Only do it with hydroseeding. Fill tank the night before and dump in seed. If more than one tank use garbage cans and pick up with the skid. It is a pain. Don't really know if its worth it though.
  8. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    I don't see how that would speed things up enough to make a difference. The item I read about used a trash can and measured amount of water to 50lbs of seed. I "think" the seed stayed in for a week, with lid on, not floating. Been awhile........
  9. BillWeaver

    BillWeaver LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I don't know of anyway to do this unless you are hyroseeding. We have a small hydroseeder 300G and the way we do it is to get 5 gallon pails fill with whatever seed rate your doing and let it sit overnight. Dump each pail into he hydroseeder.

    Does it make a diference? Not alot that I can see. Conditions after spraying is what makes the difference.
  10. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    means the seeds are sprouted when planted, not just soaked over night. Given that BG takes at least a month of every day moisture, seems kind of silly to think that soaking them overnite is going to speed it up very much/at all.

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