All nine tea seeds failed to germinate
Sunday, 04 Dec 11 Cloudy 26°C / 79°F
Over two months ago, I bought a pack of ten tea seeds from Narien (narien.com) and took very cautious steps to ensure that they would germinate.
Here’s the problem: tea seeds normally only take 1-2 months to germinate. My seeds are 78 days in and they still haven’t sprouted.
The packet said to file down the seed coat and sow them in warm soil. I also did some research online and it said to soak them in water for 24 hours, then let them sit in the sun (spraying them with water frequently) for a few hours until they properly cracked. So I did just that. Then I dropped them into two separate soil-filled containers, put them on my kitchen windowsill, and waited 1-2 months for them to sprout.
After a month, I tried covering one of the containers with plastic wrap to see if the added humidity would make a difference. The other one was left as it was. Two months passed and I put the uncovered one outside to see if sunlight would help (despite the fact that the instructions say to grow them someplace cool/shady).
I became frustrated at that point, so a few days ago I dug them all up to see if they had at least rooted.
They are a little more cracked than I had started with, and some of the white creamy insides started seeping out, but no sign of roots. I put two of them back into fresh soil, and the rest are floating in a jar of water in the laundry room.
Has anyone here had experience with Camellias, or Camellia sinensis in particular? Any bit of advice would help. Am I just being impatient? Should I wait a few more months or are the seeds no good? Maybe I could try the wet towel method to get them going?
The ones in water right now are floating (except for one that sank to the bottom)…but they weren’t floating when I started. Is this a sign that they’ve gone bad?
With nine seeds, I could try nine different methods to see which one will work. If you guys suggest some options, I will definitely be open to trying them out.
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