Why Soaking Your Grass Seeds in Tea Will Help Them to Grow Better

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Why Soaking Your Grass Seeds in Tea Will Help Them to Grow Better
Tea can help grass seeds germinate. (grass image by Lytse from Fotolia.com)

Whether you are a gardener or a tea fan (or both), you can learn how to mix the two to benefit your lifestyle. There are ways to speed up the germination of grass seeds, for instance, just by using tea. In fact, certain teas, like chamomile, also have anti-fungal properties that can keep seedlings from "damping off," which is caused by a fungus. The reason why tea is so useful in the process of germination is because tannins in the tea soften the seed's casing.

Make a Tea Solution

Make your grass seeds germinate more quickly by mixing two spoons of cold, weakly brewed tea (either chamomile or black) with your seeds. Brew a cup of tea for yourself and recycle the tea bag. Use the same tea bag for your next cup. Instead of drinking the cup, use the tea for your solution.

Set in a Warm Place

Put your seeds on a paper towel. Place your paper towel over a tea saucer. Pour the weak tea solution onto the paper towel. After folding your towel, put it in a warm place until the next day. You can also allow your seeds to germinate using cold temperatures, instead of the heat.

Place in a Cold Area

Place the paper towel in the fridge for five days, if you want to use an alternate method. Before you plant your grass seeds, lay them out for a few days on newspaper. You can use this technique to germinate other seeds, as well.

Plant Your Seeds

Once your seeds have started to germinate, plant them in small pots or containers. You may want to place the small containers in a seed tray, which is similar to a cafeteria tray. The advantage of a seed tray is that the seeds can be kept constantly moist, as long as there is water at the bottom of the tray. You can use purified or distilled water, if you want to be extra careful.

Pour Tea at the Bottom of Plant Trays

Use another cup of tea to protect your seedlings. When you are done germinating your seeds and have them planted, you can use more tea to ward off fungus. Do this by placing tea (specifically chamomile) at the bottom of a seed tray. It will get rid of the fungus and help your seedlings stand up. Your seeds will grow larger and sturdier if you use this method. This technique is good for African Violets, as well.

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