germination testing

This is a really easy way to test the viability of seeds at home 

Materials needed: tissue paper, seeds, small plastic bag, water

1.  Moisten tissue paper and place 25 seeds in a zigzag, 1cm from the top and 2cm from the sides

2. Fold the tissue over, bringing the bottom edge to the top

3. Roll into a sausage

4. Place in a small plastic bag and leave in a warm place for a week or two (depending on the seed)

5. Remove from plastic bag, unroll and unfold tissue. Count germinated seeds – multiply by four to get a percentage germination

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