Help! My seeds didn't sprout + more frequently asked questions.

My Seeds Didn’t Sprout. What do I do next?

Contact our customer service team at wecare@shopgardenrepublic.com. We can help support you through the process of seed germination.

Save your seeds!

Save half of the seeds provided in a plastic bag place them into a refrigerator. You can use these seeds in case your first attempt isn’t successful.  

I have leftover seeds, what should I do differently this time?

Inside of your kit, you should have received enough seeds for two rounds of planting. If your seeds did not sprout, take the additional seeds provided and try again. Follow the tips below or visit the forum our website www.shopgardenrepublic.com, we can help with questions and issues.

  1. Don’t Over Water!
    Many gardening enthusiasts make the mistake of watering their plants until the soil is thoroughly soaked. This can cause root rot, mold growth, and can cool the soil too much, preventing germination. Look at the top portion of your soil, does it appear to be dry and flaky? If you stick finger into the dirt a few centimeters, is there any moisture? If there isn’t, go ahead and water just enough for the topsoil to dampen.

  2. Prevent Mold
    Seeing mold on your soil? This means your soil is too wet and your pots are sitting in an area that isn’t receiving enough light and airflow.

  3. Keep the soil warm.
    Keep the soil at a warm temperature. Allowing some sunlight will help warm up the soil for ideal germination. You don’t want direct sunlight for long periods until after germination as this will dry out the soil and burn the emerging sprout. Increase direct sunlight as it grows until you reach 6-8 hours of sunlight at 2-3 inches high.

  4. Don’t plant your seeds too deep
    It’s important to leave just the right amount of soil on the surface of your seeds. The general rule of thumb for seeds is a depth of 1/16 to 1/8 inch. Please refer to your individual seed recommendations for exact depths. Too much soil on top of the seeds makes it more difficult for oxygen to reach the seeds and for them to break through the top layer.

  5. Get the right amount of sunlight
    Without the proper sunlight, your seeds will not grow. You will want to keep your seeds in a place that is naturally warm and well-lit. In the early days of your seedlings, they may not need much direct light— but they will still need some sunlight. The best spot for growing indoors is near a window. However, during the winter, the windowsill maybe too cold for the seeds to sprout.

  6. Avoid Scheduled Watering
    It only soaks up as much as it needs, and this could vary depending on the level of sunlight it’s receiving. Watering every day could drown your plant, and not watering enough will surely cause its roots to starve and shrivel up. So always check the soil first, to make sure it’s not too wet or too dry before you add more water.

  7. Shower Don’t Hose
    Since seedlings are small, you don’t want to take a regular garden hose and soak them. Use a watering canteen or something that provides a light “shower” of water droplets so that your entire root system receives adequate moisture. If too much water is pouring through the bottom of your pot, it may be time to repot.

  8. Help! My seedlings are wilting & dying after they reach 3-4 inches
    You may need nutrients if you’re already watering correctly. Your peat soil discs have enough nutrients to get you started but this quickly gets used up after the sprouts have reached a few inches. We recommend purchasing some all purpose plant nutrients and add according to directions. Also be sure you remember to thin out weaker sprouts so you can only have a couple of strong sprouts per pot.

Still Have Questions?

Contact our customer service team at wecare@shopgardenrepublic.com.