Seeds Sprouting at Same Time - Knowledgebase Question

Trenton, OH
Avatar for cynewolf
Question by cynewolf
March 9, 1998
I planted a variety of seeds last weekend (only
four days ago now) and was expecting 1-2 weeks
before seeing any sprouts/growth. I was shocked when
I returned home tonight and found several very tiny
shoots had appeared. The shoots are verysmall, a
translucent green stem with a red tip. Two things are
odd about their appearance: 1) Isn't four days an
unusually short period of time for this to happen and
2) The shoots look the same across several different
spots in whichI planted DIFFERENT seeds.

The setup in brief:
+(2) trays of 72 1 inch cells with clear plastic cover
+Franks brand seed starting formula 1/3 perlite, 1/3 peat
and 1/3 vermiculite
+Burpee brand Hot Pepper Mix, other brand Spearmint,
other brand Tomato, Burpee brand Sweet Bell Pepper

I watered this thouroughly, drained and then planted
the seeds, carefully marking what seeds went where. The
sprouts appeared in several different cells, looking the
same as far as I can tell.

Could this be contamination of some kind and does mold or
fungus look like this in any form?

Answer from NGA
March 9, 1998
Well first of all, you probably planted a little early. I probably would have went for a sowing time of 3/15 or so. Sometimes went planted too early, plants won't thrive. They tend to grow a little "leggy" and weak. This may not happen to you (I hope it doesn't), just thought I would mention it for future reference. Four days' germination time is unusual but not unheard of. The reason they all look the same right now may be because all seedlings look similar at this point. Plants are identified by their second set of leaves, called "true leaves". These leaves show characteristics of the plants to come.

Mold or fungus looks like fur or fuzz on the soil so you shouldn't be concerned about that. I must admit, if I read your question correctly I am a little puzzled at why different types of seed came up at exactly the same time. Are you saying that (for example) one cell was planted with pepper mix, one cell with mint, one cell with bells, ONLY - and these exact seedlings are appearing in each of the cells? That is certainly bizarre. I really can't explain; I guess it would be best to wait and see if other, different-looking seedlings sprout, and compare the true leaves on these with the earlier sprouts.

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Crocus"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.