Pot Cilantro Germination Problem
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Elsie Demers
Posted on: January 26, 2009

My seeds refuse to germinate. I have potted them twice now as per instructions. I use potting soil in a 5" pot. The first time, 4 little plants came up and promptly died. I thought I may have put too much water on them. I tried again and planted some more two weeks ago. I have yet to see any plants. I keep the plant evenly moist, without over-watering. The plant is in a south facing bay window. What would you like us to do to resolve the problem? I just want to know if my problem is typical. My sister-in-law grows your pot cilantro seeds without any problem. How long should they take to germinate? Should I try again with different soil? I should add that I am not known for having a "green thumb" but really, how hard can this be?

It sounds as if you are having damp off problems. Before you try any more seed, pour lots of boiling water over the cleaned pot and new potting soil, drain, cool and sow again. Keep the seed bed anywhere from 13 -23 degrees Celsius, that is on the cool side.

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