Petunias Not Sprouting - Knowledgebase Question

Skokie, IL
Question by KLISCIO
April 2, 1998
I am starting my own flowers and vegetables from seed for the first time this year. I have flourescent lights set up directly over shelves in a warm portion of my basement. My tomatoes, zuccini, peppers, basil, zinnias, salvia, and marigolds all sprouted well before the time indicated on the seed packs. My petunia seeds, however, still have not sprouted except for 1 or two sickly examples.


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Answer from NGA
April 2, 1998

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Petnia seeds are very small, as you have noticed, so they should only be sprinkled on the surface of the soil and pressed into the potting soil. They also need light to germinate, so place them under lights as you did and don't cover them hardly at all with much soil or they will not germinate. Also, they like warm soil temperatures (70-80F), so try placing the pots on top of the refrigerator or a warm place where heat will rise through the soil. Obviously, don't over water and mostly be patient.They can take 2 to 3 weeks to germinate sometimes. Lastly, try buying pelleted seed, if you're still having trouble getting them to grow. It's available from Shepherd's Garden Seeds, www.shepherdseeds.com

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