Starting plants from seed is to us, a very gratifying experience - one that is not as difficult as many people think. All of our seed packs have specific germination instructions printed on the seed pack to assist you in successfully germinating the seed.
Unless you are planting a wildflower meadow, we recommend that you start your seeds indoors. This allows the seed the best conditions in which to germinate and removes the possibility of competition from weeds. Most people do not have a greenhouse but almost everyone has a sunny window ledge that can provide an ideal space to start your seed.
It's best to sow the seed in a sterile, soil-less mix that can be purchased at your local garden centre. As a rule of thumb, plant the seed at a depth of twice the diameter of the seed. Some seeds, however, require light to germinate and should be placed on the surface of the soil mix. Keep the soil moist but not wet and never allow it to dry out. A hand held mist sprayer is ideal for this. Almost all the seeds will germinate at average household temperatures of 18 - 21C. (65 -70 F.) Some patience is also required, as some seeds will germinate within a few days while others may take a few weeks.
For species that need a pre-treatment of Cold, Moist Stratification,
here is a video of how you can do this quickly using our "Speed Dial" method.
Here is a video we've made on sowing your seeds.
I just want to give you some feedback on the 'speed dial' germination process that you talked about during the Wildflower Seed webinar - in one word - fantastic! I was able to speed dial a whole bunch of native seeds - some I purchased from you and some collected from my own garden - and get most of them to germinate in under 2 weeks. I love it and I think this is going to become my go to germination process.
Just wanted to thank you for your instructional video on the 'speed-dialed' germination techinque. I did 5 cycles of 'fridge to freezer' using small pots placed inside zip-lock bags. From 'seed packet to seedling' the first sprouting plants appeared in just 15 days! My attempts at germinating both New York Ironweed and Blue Vervain indoors last year were unsuccessful. The seeds used in this sped-up process of winter stratification are from those same seed packets.
Much appreciated! W.Fisher