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Seeding failure

July 31, 2012 in Blog

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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
    @Girrawa

  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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