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Seeding failure

July 31, 2012 in Blog


Despite exhaustive efforts to germinate seedlings, including sifting compost, making my own seed propagation mix and tending the planted seedlings indoors, germination rates continue to be low. I am now resorting to pasturising the soil, aka Peter Cundall. If this doesn’t work, that will be all folks!

6 comments to 'Seeding failure'

  1. Try these suggestions:
    Use fresh seeds
    Try using a heat mat under your seed trays – you can buy them at a Pet Store where they are used to keep reptiles and land crabs warm
    Dont over water
    Hope this helps

  2. Hi @Joh, just so you know there is a workshop coming up specifically on ‘Seedling Sowing & Maintenance’ this Saturday 11th August, 12pm – 2pm @the CEC if you’d like some pointers from an expert? If so, please email projects@ecoaction.com.au to book in asap.

  3. @Joh Yes, I am feeling a bit disappointed too with some of my seeds. I planted quite a few pots (toilet roll holders actually,filled with soil) inside very carefully with several types of seeds and nothing has happened! The room they are in gets winter/spring warmth and light and is not too cold at night. Such a shame , as it takes a fair bit of time and effort to get organised with everything!
    But on a positive note, I did plant some spinach seeds in pots outside undercover and they are thriving now, about 2cm tall!

    • @Anna21 it’s still not to late to plant seeds, even tomatoes. The ground won’t be warm enough for at least a month or two. I have used the toilet roll method and packed them into recycled clear plastic vegetable containers and used one exactly the same to make a lid. The ones that kiwi fruit come are also good but they need a tray underneath. The holes in the top prevent to much condensation. If you are leaving them near a window at night they may be still getting to cold. The tomato seeds I planted two weeks ago are just coming up. There is still no sign of the parsnips. Some seeds take longer than others. Good luck with your next attempt.

  4. @Joh
    Have you tried using bottom heat? Most summer veggies need minimum 23 degrees celsius soil or higher to germinate, and 26 degree air temperature (five degrees lower at night).

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