Posted: 11/04/2015 at 18:16
Sorry for the delay in answering your question Gemma - I tried to reply on my tablet, but it wouldn't do it for some reason!
Anyway - it was rainwater that I used as I have in the past. I put a saucer of water in a heated propagator, then added the seed into the warm water, left overnight, and planted the germinated seed. But this year it didn't work
I think that in future I shall try the damp kitchen paper method as indicated by Welshonion - though I would be interested to know which companies were dismal failures, so I could avoid them, too. (For the record, I have found T & M unreliable with both seeds and bulbs).