I’m a gardening expert and that’s why you should put seeds in the FREEZER to sprout

WHEN our flowers are in full bloom and everything is looking lush, there is nothing we love more than spending time in our garden.

But sometimes plants can be mysterious things – and what looks fantastic one year may not even show up the next.

Placing seeds in the freezer can boost the germination process

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Placing seeds in the freezer can boost the germination processPhoto credit: Getty
Gardener's World host Monty Don recommended this as a last resort for seeds that haven't germinated

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Gardener’s World host Monty Don recommended this as a last resort for seeds that haven’t germinatedPhoto credit: BBC

Well, if you’re also waiting for the seeds you planted to sprout, Gardener’s World host Monty Don is here to help.

In the latest episode of the show, the expert revisited some of the things he planted in early March.

He said, “Don’t worry if A, your seedlings are very small, or B, even if they haven’t appeared yet.

“It might not be the end of the road for them – they might just be very slow and that’s a slow game.

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“We grow plants to be large enough to be potted by the end of summer and then wait until next spring before planting them in the garden.”

However, if your perennial seeds are still not showing any signs of activity in a few weeks, the expert said you could try a new method to give them a burst of life.

He advised: “Before you throw them away, put them in a plastic bag and put that in the coldest part of the fridge or even the freezer.

“Give them a blast of cold for a week or two and that may well trigger germination.

“If nothing happens after that, maybe they won’t work, but just hold on a little longer.”

Garden Guides experts explain on their website: “Although seeds cannot germinate in freezing temperatures, the seeds of many plants will first germinate according to They have been exposed to cold temperatures for a period of time.

“In nature, many fruits and nuts fall to the ground in the fall, lie dormant in the winter, and germinate in the spring.

“If these seeds are collected in the fall and stored indoors at room temperature, they cannot germinate even if other weather conditions are right.

“They need to be planted outside in the fall and survive cold weather naturally, or they can be packed in moist sand and refrigerated for two or three months to mimic the natural process.”

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Jessica MacLeish

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