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Tomato seeds not germinating

Tomato    Fort Worth, Texas

I am having a problem in germinating the tomato seeds. First, I tried by placing seeds inside the paper towels and later in tiny individual pod trays but no result. Now I am thinking to buy the seedlings which seem to be a good deal. My question is what went wrong and which is the best way to germinate tomato seeds?


Posted by: RJ Bishop (1 point) RJ Bishop
Posted: May 16, 2017


Jorge Hernandez commented,
Germination process normally require to be in darkness, high relative humidity (90%) and a warm temperature (about 77°F). You can use peat moss as a substrate and sown the seeds in plastic trays.
over 3 years ago.

alex ignatov commented,
@RJ Bishop, How many days have you kept the seeds in wet paper towels? Seeds could be too old and slow-germinating, or could be infected. Have been they treated by fungicides? Coated seeds can lose viability in a few months. What was a source of the seeds (commercial variety, saved)? Alex
over 3 years ago.



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I usually keep the seed in dark under moist conditions for about 3-4 days for better germination.


Posted by: Madhu Kappagantu (1 point) Madhu Kappagantu
Posted: May 16, 2017


RJ Bishop commented,
Thank you for your time
over 3 years ago.



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It is hard to say. It is recommended that you "check the germination" .

"Whether you are ordering fresh seed or using leftover seed from your last crop - check
the germination. You should place 10 or 20 seeds between two layers of damp paper towel. Place
the paper towels in a plastic bag and set this in a warm place in your house. You should have
germination in 3 - 5 days. Count the number of seeds that have germinated (you can see the
taproot extending out from the seed). You can then calculate the percentage of germination for
this seed lot.
Seed should be stored in a sealed container - in your refrigerator. Seed that is properly
stored should remain viable for over a year. The sealed container helps to stabilize the relative
humidity around the seeds. Refrigerator temperatures simulate winter conditions, and the seeds
will remain dormant. Seed should NEVER be stored in your greenhouse. "
https://paramountseeds.com/wp-content...

You could have had
1) seeds past their expiry date
2) Too cold/too hot soil
3) crowding
4) not enough moisture

I think it probably too difficult to determine. Certainly buying seedlings is a good idea (but it is more expensive)

good luck




Posted by: David Hughes (54 points) David Hughes
Posted: May 16, 2017


RJ Bishop commented,
I did buy my seeds. 4 oz from 'Mvseeds'. Reading your answer my best guess they weren't keep moist enough as they dried out several times. I will now try smaller batches enclosed in ziplocks. Thanks
over 3 years ago.



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Germination process normally require to be in darkness, high relative humidity (90%) and a warm temperature (about 77°F). You can use peat moss as a substrate and sown the seeds in plastic trays.


Posted by: Jorge Hernandez (1 point) Jorge Hernandez
Posted: May 17, 2017




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