How to Grow Dandelion From Seed

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How to Grow Dandelion From Seed
Dandelion seeds grow rapidly once embedded in soil. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Perhaps best known as a widespread and stubborn weed, dandelions endear themselves to many people through their tasty, edible leaves. However, gathering wild dandelion greens poses several problems, most notably a lack of knowledge regarding the use of pesticide on the plant. Many gardeners turn to home cultivation to fulfil their desire for safe, pesticide-free dandelion greens. Despite their reputation as invasive weeds, dandelions will remain under control if the flower heads are removed as soon as they appear.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Plastic bag
  • Bowl
  • Spray bottle
  • 3-inch-deep seedling tray
  • Organic potting soil
  • Spray bottle
  • Sharp sand

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Gather seeds from dandelions once they dry out and attain their characteristic globular appearance. Place a plastic bag over the seed head. Hold the bag closed and shake the stem to release the fluffy white seeds.

  2. 2

    Pour the seeds into a shallow bowl. Mist the seeds to weigh down the cottony matrix so they will not blow away and germinate in undesirable areas.

  3. 3

    Prepare a growing container for the dandelion seeds. Fill a 3-inch-deep seedling tray with organic potting soil. Mist the soil with a spray bottle until it feels wet at a depth of 1 inch.

  4. 4

    Sow one dandelion seed per square inch of surface area in the seedling tray. Press the dandelion seeds firmly into the surface of the soil to secure them. Sprinkle a very light layer of sharp sand over the dandelion seeds to hold moisture around them as they germinate.

  5. 5

    Set the seedling tray next to a south-facing window or under a fluorescent lamp. Keep temperatures at about 20 degrees C.

  6. 6

    Watch for germination in two to three days. Thin the seedlings so one remains for every 4 square inches of space. Mist the dandelion seedlings every other day to maintain light dampness 1/2 inch below the surface.

  7. 7

    Harvest the greens by clipping them near the base instead of pulling up the whole plant since they will continue to generate leaves during the growing season.

  8. 8

    Clip off the flower heads as they appear, or let one or two ripen so you can harvest more seed.

Tips and warnings

  • Sow up to three crops of dandelion seeds per year in the seedling tray.

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