Do Seeds Need Light To Germinate?Danica Rojero
Cows, goats, chickens and many other animals eat seeds to gain their nutrients. Seeds are important because they are the most concentrated source of energy and nutrients found in a plant. Eating seeds is one of the best ways to get essential vitamins, minerals, and protein in your diet.
Seeds germinate when exposed to light after they are planted. However, some seeds, such as Legumes, require light in order to germinate.
There are a lot of factors that determine whether or not a seed will germinate, including the type of plant it is, the environment in which it is planted, the quantity of light it receives, and the time of year.
Although most seeds will germinate in total darkness, there are a few types that need light to germinate.
There are several different strategies for growing plants in the dark, whether you want to grow your own food or just have a fascinating leafy green specimen.
How much light is enough?
It’s not always easy to determine if a seed is started, especially if you don’t know what the seed is. For example, tomatoes and many other kinds of seeds start at around 20 days, but peppers and many other kinds of seeds start at around 60 days.
So, if you want to know how long it’s been since your seeds started to germinate, you can use a variety of methods, but one of the easiest is to count the number of seeds that have made it to your seedling container.
In order to grow plants, they need sunlight. The amount of sunshine available in your area can dramatically affect the speed at which your seeds sprout and the strength of your plants, so it’s important to know how much light is enough to germinate your seeds.
If you live in an area with a long growing season (Northern part of the US or Southern Europe), you can go with a lower amount of light. If you live in a short growing season (Southern Europe or the Northern US), you’ll need a higher amount of light.
Seeds that need light to germinate
Seeds that need light to germinate are called ephemeral plants. They are generally small seeds that germinate when there is some light coming through the window.
This could be natural light or artificial light. Artificial light has two advantages over natural light. One is that you are not limited to the time of the day that the sun is up. The other is that artificial light is cheaper than natural sunlight.
The following are some example of seeds that needs light to germinate:
- Ageratum seeds
Ageratum seeds are small, oval-shaped, and they can be found in an assortment of colors ranging from pink to peach to white. They have a mild, sweet flavor that’s similar to that of cantaloupe.
They are easily grown in large, low-maintenance containers, and they have a long shelf life when properly dried, stored, and handled.
- Balloon flower seed
Why is there so much hype over balloon flower seeds? Because these seeds are supposed to be the strongest plant in the world. They are known for being able to survive intense drought and extreme temperatures.
While most people take the seeds that come with the Balloon Flower seeds to plant, others use the seeds to make a more decorative flower garden plants. The seeds are white or cream in color, and the inside flesh is brown.
- Begonia seed
You may be familiar with the Begonia, but did you know this gorgeous little plant has a secret? Yes, they make a delicious seed that is nutritious, delicious and easy to grow!
Begonia seeds are the seed of the begonia plant, which is a very small tropical plant that belongs to The Begonia family. The Begonia is a perennial plant, which means the plant will live for 2 years before it will bloom.
The Begonia is a tropical plant that grows year round, even in colder regions where temperature gets below freezing during winter. The plant blooms in summer, and can be found in tropical regions such as the south of Asia.
- Browallia seed
Is a seed of the browallia tree (Averroes carambola) that is used in making aromatic and tasty drinks. The tree is also known as Carambola , Antioquia , and Rio Bonito.
The trees are native to the forests of South America, but nowadays, they are grown in tropical climates. Their fruits are small and round, with a purple-black skin (hence the name ‘browallia’) and deep orange flesh.
They are known for their sweet taste and are eaten in a variety of dishes around the world. They are also used as a traditional medicine. The fruit is rich in vitamin A, carotenoids.
- Columbine seed
Columbine (Baccharis) seeds are a small, dry, fleshy, cone-shaped seed which are often called sunflower seeds.
They come from the sunflower family and are one of the world’s most popular crops in the production of seed meal and oil. More than a dozen varieties of the sunflower seed are grown, including popular varieties like the Niger and Baccharis.
Seeds that can germinate in darkness
What do you do when you are standing in a dark garage, or at night in the dark woods, or at the beach in the dark? You turn on a light, right?
Well, sometimes the seed you plant may not want to germinate if the conditions are not right. This is called “spacing”, and it is the reason why we need to space out seeds according to the darkness.
In this blog post we will talk about some seeds that can germinate in darkness. These seeds are referred to as “Night Seeds” or “Dark Seeds”.
Night Seeds are seeds that are specifically designed for conditions of darkness, such as a seed that will germinate while you are asleep, or a seed that needs to germinate in complete darkness.
Here are some list of seeds that can germinate in darkness:
- Calendula seed
Calendula is a genus of plants in the Aster family(Composite) with a worldwide distribution. It is a herbaceous perennial plant and is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species.
Calendula is known by various names in different languages and its scientific name is botanically known as Lamium tasmanicum.
The calendula plant, also known as pot marigold, is a perennial with marigold flowers that are white to yellow and have a strong, pleasant smell. They are very ornamental and are often used in home vegetable gardens.
- Delphinium seed
Delphinium seed is a very special kind of seed that is very hard to obtain. The seeds are solitary and are often found in the grasslands of Nature.
The seeds are edible and can be used to make different types of food. In fact, the seeds are very popular in India.
- Gazania seed
Gazania is a genus of about 80 species of flowering plants in the family Pent Andria, native to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Madeira, and West Africa. Members of the genus are called gazanias (plural).
The name gazania refers to a type of flowering plant in the genus, Gazania Robusta. It is a member of the family Pent Andria.
- Nemesia seed
Nemesia seed germinate in darkness. It’s a fact that’s been backed up by scientists and gardeners alike. This is a great secret for those of you who don’t want to lose your heavy seed heads when you plant your tomato or pepper seeds.
Nemesia seed, also known as “Bird’s Nest”, is the seed of a tree that is native to the western part of Africa. The tree produces a small, spherical, black oily seed that is harvested and used for cooking.
The seed is popular in Africa, and can often be found as an ingredient in African cuisine.
- Primula seed
Primula is a genus of flowering plants in the family Primulaceae, native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere. The genus comprises some 20 species of shrubs, trees, and herbaceous perennial and annual species, mostly from Asia.
What do seeds require to sprout?
What happens if you plant seeds too deep?
There are a lot of things that can go wrong when you plant seeds. A plant can get eaten by a bird, germinate or not at all, sprout and be eaten by bugs, change in weather, rot, die, etc.
So, what happens if you plant seeds too deep? Well, you could end up with a bunch of plants that aren’t very good at growing and end up throwing money away, or maybe you end up with a variety of plants that were all pretty good at growing, but only a few of them were good enough to survive.