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Based on my experience with lentils and other legumes. Would following the same tactic work for seeds destined for the garden?<br><br>
I want to grow some parsley :-D
 

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Putting them in the freezer for 24 hours will break generally the dormancy cycle with old seeds but if you're just starting a garden/buying fresh seeds why are you concerned?
 

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The only seeds i have ever been able to germinate have been radishes and carrots. Everything else has failed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Parsley is brutal. I finally got a couple plants started from seed, but it wasn't easy. It's got a long germination period during which the seeds need to be kept moist, and a high failure rate. Here is a table on parsley from the book All New Square Foot Gardening.<br><br>
50F - 29 days to germination, with 63 percent success rate<br>
59F - 17 days<br>
68F - 14 days and 69 percent success rate<br>
77F - 13 days and 64 percent success rate<br>
86F - 12 days and 50 percent success rate<br><br>
So the warmer it is, the faster the seeds may germinate, but fewer will do so. In the book he recommends soaking the seeds in lukewarm water for 24 hours before planting, so it sounds like you are on the right track.
 

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I just threw a packet of parsley seeds into an empty garden bed, now I have all I can eat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Germination rate was probably pretty appalling, but it did the trick.<br><br>
One thing though - parsley sprouts are very fragile, don't move/disturb them, or they will most likely just die.
 
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