While our elementary school science classes may have taught us the basics about seeds and how to plant them, if you’ve gotten into gardening as an adult, you’ve probably figured out that there’s plenty more to learn. Unfortunately, planting a plant is not as easy as just putting some seeds in the dirt and watering it.
For example, even if you seemingly do everything right, your seeds may not sprout. Seeds are fickle, as many people don’t realize. These are the reasons your seeds aren’t growing.
You’ve followed the directions. You have waited. You’ve waited and waited. Yet, your seeds are not even beginning to sprout. Here are some of the possible reasons why that may be happening, to help you avoid a similar situation in the future:
Yes, seeds need water to grow, but
give them too much and you run the risk of drowning them. Overwatering can kill beneficial bacteria and cause the seeds to rot.
Just because your seeds are in the ground, it doesn’t mean that they’re safe from predators. Sometimes, seeds don’t sprout because critters like mice, voles, birds, and wireworms ate them for lunch.
Seeds should be stored in a dry, airtight container in a cool spot in your home, garage, or shed. Too hot can cause seeds to stop sprouting. Even if the seeds were not technically wet but they were located in high humidity, excessive moisture can cause the same result.
Pay attention when you’re planting seeds: If you put them too far down into the soil, they can run out of steam before getting to the soil, making it look like they didn’t sprout.