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Greenhouse Advice

Learn about propagating, or reproducing, plants from seeds, then get some tips for using containers to start the tender seeds.

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hard coated seeds need help to get started
Photo 4 of 7Hard-coated seeds such as moonflower need a little help to get started.

Hard-Coated Seeds(4 of 7)

Scarifying, or cutting or nicking the tip of the seed, gives the seed's energy a place to disperse and start germination. Soak the seeds in water to soften the hull, then use a fingernail file, a pocketknife or even a piece of sandpaper to carefully break though the seed's outer layer.

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