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Germinating petunia seeds

aim (goal)
Follow these instructions to germinate petunia seeds.
materials and equipment
You will need:
? a packet of petunia seeds
? a seed tray or small pots
? loamy friable soil or potting mix
? water
? fertilizer.
1. Fill seed tray with soil.
2. Incorporate fertilizer into soil.
3. Scatter seeds on the surface of the soil.
4. Cover seeds with a 3 mm layer of soil. Press firmly.
5. Spray water to moisten the seed bed.
6. Place seed tray in warm, sunny position (at least 25 deg. C).
7. Keep soil moist by watering gently while seeds are germinating. Seeds will germinate in approximately 10 – 14 days.
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