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We look for well developed seed heads that have a
black tip. We would like them to stay on the plant until
They turn brown. When they are still green we take
them and let them dry before we take the seed.
A seed head can spend
the winter  out on the
ground under snow and
freeze and it can still
have seed that germinate
in the spring when the
weather gets warm.
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We germinate our seed between moist blue shop towels.
The towel is put in a zip lock plastic bag.
We start checking the seed after 24 hours between the
moist towels.  We use blue towels so that we can see the
root as soon as it starts to break out of the seed.
If the root is left too long on the towel it may start to dig
Into the towel and then it is difficult to get them out without damaging the root. We take them from the shop towel
and put them into moist soil in a 72 pack tray. The root grows quickly and can tunnel and the hair roots hold tight
when they dig into the towel. If this happens to you it is better to cut the towel out rather than damage the seed
root.
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