Does moon planting work? 2

I thought I’d share with you an interesting experiment with seedlings. The tray on the left was sown during Full Moon phase, which is an incorrect moon planting phase for leafy annuals. The tray on the right was sown two weeks later during New Moon phase.
As you can see the younger seedlings planted in the correct phase have not only had a better germination rate, they caught up with or surpassed the ones sown two weeks earlier. Both were sown in the same seedling mix and received the same amount of care.
In the past, we found this a common occurrence with germinating seed, and always try to sow seed in the correct moon phase for its type.


7 thoughts on “Does moon planting work? 2

  1. Was the temperature controlled or left to the weather? That could explain it .
    The temperature was not controlled, Ryan, but this is just one example. I had many similar results when growing commercial quantities of plants. However, feel free to form your own opinion. – Lyn

  2. I have asked many but have never got a direct answer, but seeing your seed box before & after may be the answer. What I have asked is, do you plant the seeds by the moon & then transplant seedlings by the moon or do you plant seeds by the moon and seedlings any time or visa versa. Ian.
    For an answer to your question Ian, see my post on ‘When to sow seed’ on August 11, 2009. – Lyn

  3. The soil medium on the left looks a bit darker… is that just me?
    Gardening Australia had a little moon planting segment – you wouldn’t believe the difference between the two trays of lettuces (I think it was). Enormous. Not scientific, but the presenter (Jason) swore he treated both samples the same.

    The same batch of seedling mix was used for both trays. But you are right, Greg. I’ve found the mixture tends to darken like that when there are not enough seedlings in the tray to use the fertiliser that has been applied. Both trays received the same amount of liquid fertiliser (organic Charlie Carp). Actually Greg, I think Jason was on “Better Homes & Gardens”, not “Gardening Australia”. I don’t know what he was using as reference (but it wasn’t my book) as Jason gave the incorrect date for this Full Moon in Australia. In my book, phases and fertile and barren days are calculated to AEST. – Lyn

  4. WOW!! what a difference! been reading about moonplanting and thought it was an old wives tale… you have proved me wrong! i for one will be taking more notice of when i plant things!! thank you!!

  5. I’d be interested to see the results others obtain from using moon planting principles. I was surprised at the dramatic difference between germination of the two batches of seed because the difference is not usually quite so obvious.
    What I continue to find most interesting is the way seedlings sown in the correct phase quickly ‘catch up’ with those grown in earlier unsuitable phases. : )

  6. Well that is interesting. I did wonder if anyone had done a comparison because I just fling things in when I have a spare few minutes. I’ve had a lot of failures this year so maybe moon planting is the answer. I will test the theory and let you know how I get on.

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