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If this sounds too laborious or if you use a mechanical seeding device, regardless of the direction the radicle points, seeds have the ability to germinate as they contain a growth hormone that responds to gravity and causes the root to grow downwards and the stem upward.

If you enjoy research, you might wish to experiment by planting some seeds with the point downward and others upward. 

Anticipating some early gardening, my zucchini and cucumber seeds have germinated in two days. Of course, this was indoors with bottom heat and radicle end planted downwards.

Lester C. Fretz, M.Sc., is a member of the Dunnville Horticulture Society.


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