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Pelleted seeds improve planting ease, germination


March 16, 2022

Tiny seeds provide challenges for gardeners trying to evenly space lettuce, onion, carrot, and herb seeds. Pelleted seeds are coated with a biodegradable material and easier to hold and plant.

The colorful coating also protects the seed, improving germination rates. Pre-treated seeds may be exposed to water, then dried before being coated which also aids in germination. Pelleted seeds are only viable for one year, says Mary Fisher, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

Illinois Extension will help gardeners understand the benefit and cautions for using pelleted seeds in a...

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