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keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 10, 2013
1:08 PM

Post #9479045

I got my tomato,carrot, and pepper seeds to germinate, but it's been 20+ days and my eggplant seeds wont germinate! They are the oval, white variety, is there special requirements to germinate eggplant seeds? (my first time trying to grow it).
RiverNymph
the Mountains, CO
(Zone 4a)

April 11, 2013
1:58 PM

Post #9480361

From what I've obsersved over the years, eggplants do actually tend to take a bit longer than the rest. Sometimes up to two weeks. Eggplants are my faaaavorite veggie! I'm growing eight different kinds by seed this spring. I also know they require extremely warm temperatures to germinate. 75F+, and a lot of light. Try putting them in the window sill and keeping them moist and lightly covered with a thin layer of compost.
keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 11, 2013
9:29 PM

Post #9480861

It might be the temperature, I can try the window sill it gets very warm there!
Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

April 12, 2013
5:17 AM

Post #9481021

Usually warm weather veggies want warmer temps to germinate. If that doesn't work the seeds may have rotted, but you could try again with fresh seeds, starting off in the warmer location.
keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 15, 2013
9:53 PM

Post #9485581

Tried heating for 5 days, no luck, some seeds started molding. They were in a plastic bag in damp paper towel and none sprouted.

I put some in the fridge, hoping mabye they needed to be "dormant" and when I take them out and put in a warm place they should wake up and sprout.

If not then they probably were old seeds.
keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 30, 2013
5:04 PM

Post #9503249

Fridge didnt work, I think the seeds were bad.

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 30, 2013
5:11 PM

Post #9503261

Do you have more seeds left that you can give warmth right from the begining?

In my house, the only sunny window is TOO sunny when the sun is low in the sky. Seeds cook (and die) during the day and/or get chilled at night.
keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 30, 2013
6:16 PM

Post #9503334

I already did that in plant cells and nothing grew.
andycdn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 4b)

May 1, 2013
10:33 AM

Post #9504195

Sometimes a considerable change in temperature from day to night can trigger germination. Warm days with light, cold dark nights. I found this with cleome especially. I'm not sure if it would work with a solanacea

Just a thought. --A

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 1, 2013
12:28 PM

Post #9504308

It does sound like overage seeds. maybe a dilute peroxide pre-soak?

If you try enough different methods, eventually you'll use them all up, and won't need to wonder about it any more!

keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 1, 2013
6:17 PM

Post #9504704

I ordered new seeds from another supplier. If they work then I know the others were expired.

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