mulched over direct sow

newbie85April 17, 2012

New to gardening. Built new flower bed this spring late feb early march. Planted several perinneals except I added mulch right after. After about a month I've seen no signs of growth other than a weed here and there.

I read today that the mulch will prevent seeds from germinating. I thought if I removed the mulch if the seeds would start to or continue to germinate. I just dont want to waste time during prime planting season if it is too late to save those seeds. Do I need to replant after removing the mulch or do I leave the mulch on? I know mulch has advantages so if it isn't bad I'll leave it.

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denninmi(8a)

It depends on what was sown. A lot of species need light to germinate, so the seeds could be OK if you remove the mulch. But, how will you know exactly where the seeds are??? Others may have begun to germinate under there, and then died because they couldn't break through to the light.

Given the circumstances, overall, I say you're probably better off chalking this one up to experience and starting fresh.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 8:55AM
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dowbright(z6 in Missouri)

Definitely replant. You could wait forever. How did it turn out? Have you considered pre-sprouting? Soak them overnight, place them on a paper towel that's wet but not dripping, fold it up, and put it in a plastic baggy. Check it at least twice a day after 24 hours. (This adds air.) It must stay damp. I put it somewhere warm, in most cases. It depends on the seed variety.

When you see that a root is beginning to protrude, plant in well-prepared ground, or in 6-packs. It works for me. Good luck!

And being a newbie is great. You'll have tons of fun learning and researching. These mistakes are one we all made, so don't feel badly. :D

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 6:35AM
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