Pre-germinate Kentucky bluegrass

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by RigglePLC, Dec 25, 2018.

  1. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    As an experiment indoors in paper cups. I planted Kentucky bluegrass seed that had been soaked in water for 24 or 48 hours, and will compare the results with the same seed planted without soaking.
    I also will compare the same seed planted on top of grass clippings, under grass clippings, and on bare soil.
    Results should be visible in about 7 days, December 31.
     
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  2. RigglePLC

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    A few Kentucky bluegrass seeds germinated and sprouted after 8 days, indoors in small cups. Seed both over and under 1/4 inch of grass clippings was the tallest. Germination occurred from seeds pre-soaked for 24, or 48 hours, or not soaked.
     
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  3. RigglePLC

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    Almost ready to discard the experiment which compared soil and Kentucky bluegrass seeds. I think the seed was too old, over a year--and perhaps it was old when I bought it--from a bulk washtub at a garden store. The UTC, untreated control, cups had no germination--or very little. The store still has a few ounces left in the bottom of their bulk tub. I will wait for them to add a fresh new batch this spring.
    Starting over then.
     

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