seed germination - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by tedk380949
April 17, 2007
I planted Chinese Chives seed over five weeks ago and they have not sprouted. What's wrong?

Answer from NGA
April 17, 2007
Chinese Chives, also called Garlic chives, can be started from seed, but it does need to be fresh to germinate properly, so be sure to buy seeds from a reputable source or harvest your own. To encourage germination the seeds can be put in the refrigerator for a week before planting. Under average conditions, the seeds will germinate in 7-10 days. The seeds should be sown on top of the soil (or potting mix) and covered with only 1/4" of soil. Keep the seedbed moist and the seeds will germinate in about a week. If your seeds have not germinated after 5 weeks, I doubt that they will. Try again with fresh seeds following the above suggestions. Best wishes with your garlic chives!

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