Propagation

Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 28 August 2020

If you grow plants from seed, you'll know the importance of reliable germination for producing healthy plants. Using a mini greenhouse can give your seeds the best possible start, as this article explains.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 21 July 2020

To give your seedlings the best start in life, sowing at the correct depth is vital. This article explains why, and gives a handy rule of thumb for getting the depth right, whichever seed you're sowing.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 30 April 2020

In theory, growing plants from seed is simple. Unfortunately, there's plenty that can go wrong to spoil this happy sequence. This article explains how to avoid the most common seed-sowing problems to help ensure your success.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 26 March 2020

Around 400 species of native plants rely on regular bushfires as part of their germination cycle. If you want to grow these plants at home, you need to simulate the effects of bushfire smoke, and here's how to do it.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 17 September 2019

Propagating your perennials is an great way of producing new plants for your garden. However, the most common method of cuttings can be a hit & miss activity. Propagation by layering is more reliable, and this article explains two ways of doing it.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 31 May 2019

Stem cuttings are an inexpensive and efficient way of producing new plants from your garden. Although many gardening guides treat taking cuttings as an advanced technique, it's actually very straightforward. This article tells you what you need to know.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 31 January 2019

Stable conditions are essential for germinating seeds and one of the most important considerations is watering. This article describes a straightforward but essential technique for taking this problem out of the seed-sowing equation.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 21 January 2019

Many gardeners swear by soaking seeds, saying it improves germination rates and speed significantly. But is soaking actually useful in most cases? This article explains the theory behind the process, and describes when it can make a worthwhile difference.


Author: The Seed Collection   Date Posted: 2 August 2018

Not all plants fit their growing season to your local conditions. Any gardener who loves tomatoes will know all about the race to ripen fruits before the first frosts arrive. However, you can sow these & other cold-hating seeds in late winter.


Author: The Seed Collection   Date Posted: 17 July 2018

Some plants produce seeds that have evolved a period of dormancy to get them through a winter before germinating. Cold stratification is a method of simulating seasonal conditions to encourage reluctant seeds to germinate more reliably.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 30 June 2018

Scarification is slightly intimidating word for what's really a simple but useful process. Some varieties of seed need a helping hand for speedy and reliable germination, and scarifying them for gardeners to tease more seedlings out from these seeds.


Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 8 May 2018

Every gardener needs to decide how to start their home-grown plants off in life. Is it better to raise them from seed, or to buy ready-grown seedlings? This article covers the many advantages of sowing seeds, along with a few minus points to consider.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 12 April 2018

Growing seeds is an exciting and satisfying journey, but many small details can make the difference to your success. Planning is vital - before sowing, decide on how to give your seedlings the best start in life, and you'll be rewarded with healthy plants


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 1 August 2017

Some seeds you plant may require special treatments. In this article we will explain what these treatments are, why they are necessary.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 29 April 2017

Temperature, moisture, light and time! In this article, we'll discuss how to best store your seeds to retain the best possible germination rate to help make your gardening experience a success.


Author: Jennifer Charlotte   Date Posted: 31 March 2017

Sowing tiny seeds can be a daunting task and if not handled correctly can lead to disappointing results. This article discusses many of the challenges tiny seeds cause as well as many methods you can employ to ensure you get the best results possible.


Author: John Mauger   Date Posted: 28 April 2016

This article details 2 of the biggest advantages of growing your own food from seed; freshness and value! Did you know you could potentially grow 196kg of fresh food for under $7.00! Wow!


Author: Adam Boddy   Date Posted: 29 January 2016

It's one of the most common issues you run into when starting plants from seed. What do you do when your seedlings grow skinny, delicate and spindly? This article can help diagnose why you are winding up with leggy seedlings and how to correct it.

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Author: Sarah Rasdall   Date Posted: 16 December 2015

Knowing how to transplant seedlings from pots into your garden is an essential skill every gardener needs to know. This article details some keys points to make sure your seedlings get the best start possible in their new home.

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Author: Bill   Date Posted: 16 November 2015

When considering whether or not to use proper seed orientation it's important to understand that although most seeds do technically have a correct orientation, for most home gardeners seed orientation probably won't effect your results much either way...


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