Germination rates ?
Am I just unlucky or, do you have the same problem. I bought seed from Dobies most of the seed propagated for all the seed I bought no problem with approx. 80% success rate but the calibrachoa Kabloom F1 and the Cineraria both failed completely. Not one seed propagated. Both were in a heated temperature controlled propagator set to 20 degrees C with T5 grow lights above. After 25 days I concluded they weren’t going to appear.
I emailed Dobies to ask for replacements as these seed were clearly not viable and to their credit with no quibble they have replacements on the way. I just hope what their sending me are not from the same batch as the first lot they sent
I also had some bell pepper seed over from last year and not one of those came up. Fortunately I took the seed from one of those I had grown last year so planted that and everyone’s come up.
Sweet pea seed I planted 40 of them in January and 3 germinated. Another variety of sweet pea I planted 20 of and only 10 have appeared, all these have been in the green house so not subject to the ravages of wind and rain. The germination rates seem to be going down overall or have I just been unlucky in getting a bad bunch of seed lately?
I was always under the impression that seed stored in a cool dry place would last at least two years but it seems certain seed varieties do not.
Anyone else having issues with germination rates and if so what’s not done so well for you up to now?
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George Bernard Shaw'