Wildflower Seed Starter Booster
– to boost the germination of seeds
Vermiculite granules soaked in smoky water.
Contents: Approx. 5 grams.
Open with care onto a sheet of paper.
Avoid windy conditions when opening the packet.
Research at the famous Kings Park & Botanic Gardens in Perth (See Links on our Home page) has shown that smoke can provide a major boost to the germination of many Australian native plant seeds. Some seeds actually require the smoke from bushfires to trigger germination when the rains arrive. See Smoke – Magic Ingredient in Germination.
Our granular Wildflower Seed Starter 5 gram packets – containing Karrikinolide from smoke – with instructions on the pack. We recommend Wildflower Seed Starter for most of our range of packaged seeds – and it will not harm other seeds.
Simple to use – convenient, effective and economical. A completely inert granular material soaked in smoky water absorbs an amount of the chemicals that naturally occur in smoke from the burning of bush materials.
Simply sprinkle it on top of the soil or potting mix after sewing the seeds. The first watering washes the smoke chemicals around the seeds to boost germination. Seed Starter can also help produce stronger seedlings and improve their survival after germination. In those cases where the seeds need to be soaked in hot water before sewing, a small amount of the granules can be added to the hot water and left to soak with the seeds to help trigger their germination.
Suitable for Use Outside Australia
Smoke treatment should help to condition the soil and assist the germination of Australian native plant seeds in other climates – given the right soil conditions and proper care from the grower.