The Q&A Archives: No Growth In Bean Plants

Question: My daughter is doing a science fair project using bean plants. It has been 14 days and we still have no growth in any of the bean plants. Any suggestions for getting these plants to grow?
Thank you
Rita Horan

Answer: Bean seeds will germinate faster when the soil is warm, so you might try using some gentle bottom heat or set the pot in a warm location. In some homes, the top of the refrigerator or near the water heater are relatively warm spots. You might also want to check to make sure that the seeds are still in good condition. Over watering, underwatering, or allowing the seeds to dry out at any time can stop the germination process. Ideally, you would use a soilless potting mix and add enough warm water to make it barely moist, like a well wrung out sponge. Press the seeds in gently so they are just covered. Firm the soil but do not overly compact it; water lightly. Then cover the pot with plastic wrap to maintain the humidity level and set it in a warm location out of direct light. Check often and, as soon as they begin to sprout, move the pot to a bright location and remove the plastic wrap. Good luck with the experiment.

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