Seeds with chamomile, For a natural vegetable garden, instead of buying products, we can often help ourselves with various self-productions, which exploit the properties of various plant species to help crops.
There are a series of decoctions and macerates that can be used in organic farming, most of them serve to defend the garden from insects, but the medicinal properties of the various plants do not stop there: now we will discover how to use chamomile to help the seeds germinate.
The chamomile plant is a medicinal species, which has emollient and disinfectant qualities. Soaking the seeds in a chamomile infusion facilitates germination by softening the seed integument and has a sanitizing action, helping to prevent seedling diseases in the seedbed.
The chamomile bath with seeds
Chamomile is very useful in sowing because it serves to disinfect the seeds and make their outer rind softer, thus facilitating the release of the sprout.
It is a technique that has been used for centuries, a simple and inexpensive treatment that can be very useful for those who develop their own seedlings for the vegetable garden from seed, avoiding buying those born in the nursery. Soaking the seeds in chamomile allows for easier germination and is particularly useful for some vegetables (e.g. peppers, tomatoes, parsnips) or when you have seeds left over for a few years.
How to use chamomile to germinate seeds
To make the most of the properties of chamomile you need to prepare an infusion without too much water (the recommended dose is one sachet with a glass). You can use the chamomile purchased in sachets but also the one that has grown on one’s own and dried.
The seeds must be soaked for 24/36 hours, this allows to significantly increase the percentage of germination and to reduce the emergency times of the seedling. Obviously, the chamomile infusion must be used at room temperature, if they were put in boiling water they would be damaged by cooking.
The buds treated with chamomile will also develop more evenly over time, and will not be born days apart, in this way the seedbed is more comfortable to manage. This sprouting aid system is ideal for some seeds that have a fairly hard rind, such as peppers and hot peppers or parsnips that have a very stiff outer skin.
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