having grown seeds saved from last years plants and alway using a good
seed compost we have hardly any appear. been doing this for years so not
a novice any suggestions would be welcome seeds are rudbeckia cosmos and
marigolds so nothing temperamental there
Have you got enough to try sprouting them in sand or in rolled paper towels?
Then you can see if you've got a seed disease or empty (no embryo) vs. dormant
seed in your conditions. Nonviable seed will rot in a few days to a few weeks;
dormant seed will sit there and just refuse to grow.
I assume you are trying to start the seeds in pots, flats, or other
containers. Instead of a compost, use a mix of half coarse sand and
half peat moss. If the seeds are planted near the surface of a
container that is not very shallow, put the compost in the bottom half
and the sand and peat moss mix in the top half.
Nutrients in compost promote mold and rot, abetted by the fungi that
create compost. On the other hand, peat moss inhibits mold and rot. If
you can get the seeds to sprout in the sand and peat moss mix, their
roots will grow down into the compost when they are ready to take up
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
'Tis wot it does. Wot do the woirds plants, seeds, pots, flats,
containers, and compost make you think of? If you can't finger that out,
you may as well go back to watching Fox News where you don't have to
My first attempt at harvesting seed was from marigolds.
Not a single seed germinated.
Some time later, I realized that the plants I harvested from were
a triploid variety -- 100% infertile. I felt really stupid.
Drew Lawson | And to those who lack the courage
| And say it's dangerous to try
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