October 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm #255824
About 5 weeks ago I planted loads of seeds into seedling trays, placed in broccoli boxes with some glass over the top to keep in the warmth and left DH with instructions on looking after them while I went away on holidays. I arrived home yesterday, and only one seed has sprouted – a cucumber! Nothing else has made any movement, and a couple of the pots I dug around in had seeds that didn’t show any sign of sprouting. DH says he kept them watered, and no signs of snails or other nasties.
Do you think I should leave them and see what happens, or give up and start over? The weather here has been up and down, a few warm days but mainly cooler (which is why I used the glass cover) and cold nights. As an example the ‘wild’ tomatoes in the garden were sprouting before I went away, yet none of those planted in the pots have germinated.
thanks, DiOctober 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm #509347lilacbutterflyMember
All my seeds this year have been the same. I planted mine 4 weeks ago and it was 3 weeks before one showed it’s little green head. We have had quite a few cold nights here but the days have been beautiful weather.
I have 2 beetroot’s that have sprouted and some flowers. Usually by now I am over run with seedlings and end up losing a lot because I don’t have anywhere to put them.
I am thinking of leaving the seeds where they are for now but doing a second round of plantings. Also a lot of my seeds are at the end of there best before date so I am planting more per egg carton.
It is so frustrating.October 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm #509348RinelleMember
Interesting. I’ve had the same thing. Thought it was just because my seeds were getting a little old, but I still expected to see something. Weird.October 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm #509349
Most of my seeds were new, received only just before I went away, so age shouldn’t be a reason for them not sprouting.October 1, 2011 at 11:25 pm #509350BelMember
I’d be inclined to start again. Sometimes if the potting mixture is quite wet for a long while, it’ll get compacted and anaerobic and will either stop the seeds germinating, or rot them as soon as they germinate. This has happened to me from time to time if I’ve sown seeds too early when it’s too cold and continued to water them. Seed raising mix is very fine and can compact down if watered often/heavily – best to lightly mist with water instead. It’s up to you, but you could be waiting a long time for nothing. I would fluff up the top layer with a fork or something, then sow some more seeds. You never know – some of the original seeds may pop up too…October 2, 2011 at 11:05 pm #509351
Thanks Bel and Rinelle. I’ve decided to give them until the weekend under my TLC and if no signs of life by then I’ll start again (in the same containers as you suggested Bel) but also resort to buying some seedlings to get things started.October 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm #509352RinelleMember
I have a couple of rainbow chard seedlings coming up! Took over a week.October 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm #509353MatthewWilliamMember
I placed 4 seeds between paper towels and placed in a zip-lock bag and added R.O. water. I did this just like I have germinated seeds in the past. However now I am gonig on the 6th day and NONE, ZERO, ZIP have germinated. The seeds that I received looked alot greener than I was expecting but wasn’t going to throw them away because they were green.
I went back to Amsterdam marijuana Seeds website and wrote them an email through their site telling them of my situation and included my order number. Well… I have been waiting and they are not contacting me back. I am starting to feel like I just got ripped off.
I will try and start the germination on 6 more seeds now and see what happens. I don’t want to slam the company just yet as I would like to get this resolved and give them a true chance to resolve it. I just know that until it is resolved I will NOT be ordering any more seeds from this company, nor would I recommend to anyone else to order from them!
I will update this thread so that people can see what happens to see if they want to order from this company or not. Good Luck to all… and hopefully to me too.October 6, 2011 at 8:11 pm #509354Jane74Member
I’ve had this problem this year too. Funny, but I found the cure! Go out and buy seedlings. It’s guarenteed to make the seeds sprout – mine did – the very next day!!!October 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm #509355
LOL Jane – very true! I bought my chilli and eggplant seedlings, but will try again with the others such as beans, zucchini etc – I wanted to try some different varieties, not the standard ones, and its a lot cheaper (providing you can get the seeds to sprout in the first place!)October 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm #509356BelMember
Hmmm. I’m having a better than usual year for germination. I think it’s cos I planted my seeds late when it was starting to warm up instead of planting early and fighting with the cold weather, but I could be wrong…
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