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6 Seed-Starting MYTHS

Avoid the common mistakes that will harm the quality and quantity of your seedlings

Fine Gardening - Issue 143

Growing plants from seed is one of the few practices that people of all gardening abilities do annually. But whether you are a newbie or someone who has been starting your own seeds for decades, chances are you are unwittingly doing something you shouldn’t. Many seed-germination practices have been passed down from gardener to gardener over time, but most of us don’t stop to question whether these practices are grounded in sound science or are simply hearsay. The following are myths that many people have bought into, along with the facts that will help you have your best seed-starting year ever—a year that will be filled with healthy plants and robust harvests.

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