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Seed forms

    Seed Technology
     
 

Coating
Some plant species produce seed that has a very flat or irregular shape and, as a result, is complicated to single-sow. Coating the seed to give it a rounder shape and smoother surface can help to solve this problem.

Thicker coatings tend to be used to improve sowability. This type of coating is also called encrustation. Thinner coatings are used to make seed placement easier to identify during the sowing process, and to act as markers.

     
 

Pelleting
Some crop species have extremely small seeds which cannot be single-sown. For this reason the raw seed is pelleted.

The seed is coated to build a pellet that is approximately 5 to 20 times the size of the actual seed it contains.

Pellets allow plug growers to easily sow and control the number of seeds per cell.
 

     
 

Multipellets
Multipellets are just like standard pellets except each pellet contains several seeds.

 

This makes producing some species e.g. like Lobelia erinus or Portulaca easier by producing a bushy plant with just one pellet.

     
 

Priming
Seed germination is initiated up to a certain stage of physiological development, then the seed is dried back and stored at low temperatures.

Primed seeds germinate more quickly and more uniformly. The increased uniformity often continues well into the advanced young plant stage. This faster seedling development allows plug growers to use greenhouse space more efficiently. At the same time, faster seedling development reduces the number of losses that can occur during the critical germination period.
Optimal storage: 6 months at 41 °F ( 5 °C )

     
 

ApeX   
Many perennials from seed such as lavandula need to overcome a natural dormancy for proper germination. Methods such as resting the seed for a specific period of time, and chemical treatments can be used to ‘break’ this dormancy and insure that the seed has the optimum germination for growers.

Benary ApeX treatment increases the young plant yield up to 15-30%.
Optimal storage: 6 months at 41 °F ( 5 °C )