old potting soil - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, Il
Question by jaraslin
April 25, 2009
I started my seed indoors. I planted some of my seeds in old potting soil I had in pots around the house. And the days for germination as long passed. Have I lost them,is there anything I can do or do I need to give them more time?

Answer from NGA
April 25, 2009


Old potting soil is fine to use. If your seeds have not yet germinated, it could be that you planted them too deeply or that the potting soil dried out before they could sprout. I'd carefully dig into the soil to see how the seed looks. If it is plump and near the soil surface it will sprout soon. If it is dried out, it didn't get enough water. some seeds require heat in order to sprout. Tomatoes are good examples of these types of seeds. If that's what you're growing, try placing the pots or trays in a warmer room or warmer place in the room. Best wishes with your seeds.

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