wayne fajkus wrote:Is it warm enough? That may be a silly question on my part, but unsure of the northern usa growing conditions. Seeds generally sprout when soil temps tell them to sprout.
elle sagenev wrote:You're gardening. That happens to ALL of us.
I do wonder about watering though. You never watered? Seeds need kept consistently moist to germinate well in my experience.
There is also the possibility the wild birds dug up your seeds. I don't have any rye that survived to germinate but there are really fat birds around my place.
Su Ba wrote:With only one seed germinating after 10 days I would look at a few things .....
... Quality of the seed. The seed may have been damaged in some way. The most common reasons are that it got heated up somehow, such as during transit to the store, or by sitting in a hot car or garden shed. Or the seed could be too old or was poorly stored from one season to the next.
... pH of the soil. The seedling photo doesn't show a happy bean seedling. It's rather yellowish. So the first thing I'd check would be soil pH. If that's ok, then I'd run a simple soil test for N-P-K. Then go from there.
... Soil moisture. Seeds prefer a moderately moist soil for germination. Not soaking wet, but not dry. So if your soil dried out during the germination stage, the young seedlings may have died before they even had a chance to form. Depending upon the soil, you may need to lightly water daily, or maybe every other day, or maybe even less often, but the idea is to keep the soil slightly moist.
... Soil temperature. Some seeds require different temperatures for germination. Corn can germinate when the soil is relatively cool, but beans nee the soil to be at least 60° F. So how are your night temperatures?
By the way, your seed potatoes may take longer than two weeks to erupt. It depends upon whether or not they had developed sprouts already in progress.
Judith Browning wrote:Maybe the soil has dried back out if it only rained just after you planted? Unless we're getting a lot of rain I try to water and keep my seed beds moist until germination, especially with small seeds.
We always very very lightly mulch to retain moisture after planting seeds....just a very loose sprinkle of straw or grass clippings, not covering the soil completely at all...just for a little shade to prevent the seeds from drying out.
But even then temperatures here were cool so late that we had to replant beans three times before they germinated well. Lots of rain but that didn't help when it just wasn't warm enough for beans to sprout.
I would probably start replanting some things if nothing sprouts in two weeks from when you planted the first time.
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