In my previous post, I shared a tutorial how to germinate moringa seeds easily. That tutorial is more appropriate if you plan to plant your germinated seeds right away into a soil, or a seedling mix. In my case, given the current weather conditions in New Zealand (it is already spring but the rains are becoming frequent and the nights are still cold). I prefer to germinate and grow moringa seeds using peat pellets. Hence, this tutorial.
For the purpose of this tutorial, I will just use six seeds and six peat pellets so they will fit exactly in a small microwaveable container.
Quite different from my first tutorial, I remove the shell coating of the moringa seeds. You can do this by gently pressing the seed until the coating cracks, and remove them like removing shell of a boiled egg.
Then soak the seeds in water, preferably overnight so it absorbs moisture and hasten the germination process.
Prepare your peat pellets as usual. Pour hot water to it until it expands to its full size.
Place one seed in every peat pellet.
Gently cover each seed in peat. Place the pellets in a microwaveable container and place it in a window sill, or a sunny room if you have one. If your house has a hot water cupboard, I recommend placing it there first then move them to a window sill when the seeds started to sprout. If they are ready for transplant, you can read the rest of this tutorial.
For other plants with smaller seeds, I do put two to three seeds of that variety in each peat pellets. Since we are only putting a single moringa seed in each pellet. If the seed failed to germinate, I will just reuse the pellet and plant another seed.
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