The Q&A Archives: Seeds Not Sprouting

Question: I planted several packages of seeds I think about a month ago and they never sprouted. Will the seeds ever sprout or should I just give up on them?

Answer: Seeds of most annual and perennial plants usually sprout within 30 days, so I suspect your seeds will not germinate. Seeds need to be planted the right depth and kept moist until they germinate. If seeds are allowed to dry out, they will die off. If seeds are planted too deeply the little sprouts won't have enough energy to break the soil surface. Finally, if seeds are planted too shallow, they may be eaten by birds, baked by the sun, or dry out completely. I'd replant the area, making sure the seeds are sown at the proper depth as listed on the seed packet. Be sure to keep the seedbed moist but not soggy wet. Seedlings should appear in a week or two (some take longer, but most don't). Hope you have better luck the second time around!

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