What am I doing wrong?! Please help, seedling problems.

cynjranaJune 11, 2014

Three weeks ago I used some lemon seeds and used to the paper towel method to germinate them. I put it on my cable box since its consistently warm, didn't sprout anything instead it looked like i cooked the seeds and puss was either coming out or dried out completely. SO i tossed them. I went to my mom's house two weeks ago and did it for her using the paper towel method and her seeds sprouted within 3 days, she now has them in soil and it sprouted, I also put them on top of her cable box. I came home and did it again using the paper towel method this time putting it on a heating mat, that one failed as well and i had to toss them. I did it again for the third time, this time I was careful to completely peel off the second layer of the seeds so its completely the seeds, and also left some with the second brown coverings. I went to check them today, its only been three days and two of them already looks cooked.

I just can't understand what the heck am I doing wrong? I make sure the paper towel is not dry nor dripping but moist. I leave a little bit of air in there. Basically i did the exact same thing I did for my mom and her plants are doing beautifully and mine are failing miserably!

Please help!!

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I just wet the paper towel, fold it to about 3mm thick and put the seeds inside, fold it over, put it in a small self seal plastic bag with no holes, put it on the bed of the heated propagator and they germinate in a few days,
I dont crack or remove the shell of the pips at all they grow fine on there own, once germinating I move them over to small compost pots about 3oz in volume filled with compost made from 1 part peat, 1part grit/sand and 1 part garden soil, and then put them back in the propagator with a small plastic bottle over them as a mini greenhouse, just until they get growing

I always put the pips in the refrigerator for a few days before germinating as it seems to speed the germination up.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 12:59PM
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If the one I have now don't germinate, im going to do this again without removing the out layer and see how that works.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 1:29PM
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I never used the paper towel process with my seeds so i cant help you there. When I planted my seeds (Key lime) i placed the seeds from the fruit right into my potting mix (50% fine park 50% perlight).I placed the pot in a warm area under lights with no humidity doom. The seeds sprouted (all five seeds) in less then a week and grew very well. The one thing I made sure to do was water from below to lessen the chances of damp off disease. I also placed the pot in front of a fan a couple hour a day to help strengthen the stem. That was in Nov. and there doing fine today. Good luck with your seeds.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 4:45PM
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madferret(UK 8b-9a)

I just remove the outer layer and place in moist soil with a plastic lid/film.

2 weeks later they're usually sprouted. You can use a propagator but it not usually any better as long as your house is warm.


    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 7:46AM
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Can it have something to do with the lemons themselves? I feel its impossible to have this many seeds not germinate.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 2:10PM
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madferret(UK 8b-9a)

Well maybe but the cable box will be too warm I would think and I don't think paper towel method is great (personally) for fresh seed anyway (seed that hasn't dried out first).


    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 3:07AM
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Steve, Z (6Bground,5B roof) Cincy,OH

I placed my seeds with soil in a small lunch meat container, close the lid and put it in the heating duct of my forced air furnace. They are up quick.


This post was edited by poncirusguy on Fri, Jun 13, 14 at 11:15

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 8:06AM
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