Petunias not germinating

gardengalkc(5 B)March 7, 2011

I started 3 varieties of petunia: picobella; Limbo Violet and Tidal Wave Cherry Hybrid. They are not germinating very well. We were gone for a week (they were inside a plastic bag, on heat pad and close to lights). When I realized they were not doing well I soaked the tray. I couldn't see anything else to do. Any suggestions? Marie

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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

7 days is long enough for a seed to sprout and die from damping off or cook from excess heat. We need more info.
What soil?
How old are the seeds?
What kind if lights?
What kind of heat pad?
How deep did you plant the seeds?
What was ambient temps?

    Bookmark   March 8, 2011 at 11:48PM
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gardengalkc(5 B)

Thanks for your response. Sorry it took so long to reply. One of the petunia's is picobella. Purchased this year put under flourescent lights. They might have been too far away from light. The heat pad is for germinating and the temp is about 74. The seeds should have been surface sown but I noticed that the soil washed a little. I will appreciate your response. Marie

    Bookmark   March 12, 2011 at 4:57PM
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