Seed trays with pellets expanded with warm water and allowed to sit. Excess water poured off. I took a plastic knife and broke apart the coir so each individual pot was filled with the medium other wise the seed may have difficulty germinating and for roots to develop. In spite of having a heat mat I have no thermometer. It worked without one last year so hopefully it will work again. Heat mats have not always been around and seeds germinated without them. I bought one last year but don't always use it unless the seed package says heat may aid in germination. People have been germinating seeds on window sills for years without any other heat source. I also started with seeds in the window and they did fine. Of course many seed require certain soil temperatures and when direct sowed or Winter sowed will not germinate until the soil reaches a certain temperature.
|Seeds are large enough to work with unlike seeds of petunia and foxglove which are so small. If seeds are too small pelleted seeds are easier to work with although they cost more.|
|Tray and mat that I removed from self watering seed starting tray.|