In Season – Remember to sow seeds in the correct season. There is nothing more disappointing to do all the work expecting a new crop of seedlings and become disappointed quickly when nothing appears. If seeds are purchased from a retailer, there are always clear instructions on the packet as to when to sow that variety. This will vary across the country depending where you live. If you have been gifted seeds from a friend, remember to write on the packet the variety and when the ideal sowing time is. It’s easy to forget by the time it comes to next year.
Seed Viability – As seed ages, viability is reduced. The result is less plants than expected. Most seeds are sealed, a clever way to extend their shelf life. If you have a packet of seeds and don’t use them all share them around or swap, they may as well go into the ground and be of some use, rather than being stored in a cupboard. If you have a packet of old seed, past its sowing date do a germination test before sowing. There is nothing wrong with the seed, just the % of what will grow is reduced.
Water – All seeds require moisture to germinate. They are close to the soil surface and will dry out easily. Keep damp, but not soggy.
Be Patient and Gentle – Seed can take days to germinate or it can take weeks. Be patient and gentle when transplanting seedlings.