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gladioli bulbs and sweet pea seeds. How long can you keep these for when they will not germinate?.

I recently found 3 pkts(6 bulbs) of gladioli that i obviously forgot to plant(still in their pkts)i think i got them about 4 years ago(no use by date on pkt), they looked ok, so i planted them out 4 weeks ago tomorrow, nothing has come through yet, i live here in canberra, i think the garden center said as the soil is now warm should only take 3-4 weeks, i have done all the correct things re planting, will they eventually germinate?. secondly, i also found 60-70 sweet pea seeds in an envelope,they could be much older than 4 years, planted them out 15 days ago nothing has come through yet only weeds i think, says on site germination 10-14 days, will they germinate?, thanks looking forward to your reply, colin

Submitted: 01:40PM, 13 Dec 2012
Answer: Hi Colin,

Usually packed bulbs will have a suggested time frame in which the bulbs should be plant. All bulbs, in their dormant stage, are living things which have a relatively short but indeterminate life. If they are over 4 years old, they may not germinate for you.

The Sweet Pea seeds will have a sow by date stamped on the back of the packaging. In temperate zones, the seeds are sown in April. Because you live in Canberra, your zone is considered to be ‘old’ so we suggest you sow the seed autumn and spring. The seed can take up to 14 days to germinate. Sometimes it can take a little longer. Be careful not to over water the soil. Happy gardening.

Answered: 11:52AM, 14 Dec 2012

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