From Seeds to Seedlings in 10 Days
114 daylily seedlings, some of which are pictured below, evolved from unsprouted seeds to growing seedlings within 10 days.
Here are the steps I followed:
Feb. 1: Seeds were placed in a solution of distilled water and hydrogen peroxide.
(1/2 gallon distilled water to 6 tablespoons peroxide)
They were then placed in the refrigerator for six weeks.
Mar. 15: Container of seeds was removed from refrigerator and placed in a warm, dark area.
Mar. 16: First seeds sprouted and were immediately planted in 20-oz. foam cups filled with Miracle-Gro Seed Starter.
I punched holes in the bottom of the cups and set them in a pan of water. I misted the seeds twice a day
and kept the cups covered with loosely fitting plastic sandwich baggies.
Mar. 17: Many seeds sprouted and were immediately planted.
Mar. 18-20: Sprouting seeds continued to be planted daily and green shoots started appearing.
Mar. 21-23: Seedlings were coming up.
Mar. 24: Seedlings were first placed on porch in sunlight.
Mar. 25: Picture of seedlings taken.
I still have two cups in the process of sending up green shoots. (All remaining unsprouted seeds were returned to refrigerator for 4 more weeks of chilling.)
Last summer, I also planted seeds that had only been out of the pods for 2-3 days. There was no need to soak them.
I planted them directly into the cups, with very good results.