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Help! My seeds aren't germinating!

Posted by wynell 8A (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 7, 11 at 9:46

Due to sudden chilly weather I started my seeds indoors in the window (4-5 hours of sun) instead of directly in the the garden. I started carrot, bell pepper, jalapeno, onion and okra. I know that they have various time tables but after 10 days I'm suprised to see absolutely NOTHING! Is there something wrong? Should I move them to another window later in the day to get more light or if nothing happens can I put them to the garden and let them germinate there?

I'm totally knew at gardening.


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RE: Help! My seeds aren't germinating!

I'm not surprised. Though I don't know about okra, I know onions, peppers and carrots take a while to germinate. What I would do is move them away from the window to a warmer spot in your house. Until they sprout, you're looking for heat, not light, and the window might be too cool.

Also, I'm not sure about starting root vegetables indoors. Carrots are commonly seeds you direct sow, as I don't think they like to be moved. But others might have more experience where that's concerned.


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RE: Help! My seeds aren't germinating!

Something that has worked well for me is the top of the shop lights I put the plants under once they do germinate.

The ballast puts out a nice gentle heat, and will help plants that require a little heat what they need to germinate more quickly. I've used this for two years and it works great. Peppers that used to take about 3 weeks (sometimes longer) now come up in a matter of days (5-7, normally).

I wouldn't plant root crops indoors. They are best sowed in place in the garden. To help them along, put a cold frame over them. This will help to heat the soil a bit (Be sure to vent the frame, or else you will cook the seeds) and protect them from low temperatures. This will help to reduce the time for germination, but carrots just take a while.

Okra is a HEAT LOVING PLANT. They require high soils temps to germinate, usually in the 80s.

Onions prefer to grow in cooler conditions. You will want a short-day variety, where you are, I believe.


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