What is Seed Chitting?

December 16, 2018

For most annual and edible seeds, normal germination occurs at optimal soil temperature and moisture levels without any special techniques. You can speed up the germination process (or improve germination rates from older seed stock) if you presprout them, a process called chitting or greensprouting.

Presoaking certain types of seed can speed up germination and improve germination rates.

Chitting involves soaking the seeds, usually for 24 hours, before you sow them. Moisten some dish towels, paper towels, or newspaper, then set the damp material in a tray, on a plate, or inside a plastic bag. Spread your seed onto the moist surface. Seeds will absorb the moisture and swell, and some will germinate and sprout.

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