SeedPods are made up of seeds, growing medium, and time-release plant food. All seeds germinate at different rates, but the below steps apply to ensuring germination in all plant types that we offer. For plant specific information, please reference your ēdn App.
Germination Best Practices
- Ensure your SeedPods are not 'overwatered' - When you initially plant your SmallGarden, only fill your garden to 75% full - This will promote germination and reduce the occurrence of algae growing on the surface of a SeedPod. Once the plant matures, it is perfectly fine to fill your garden to 100%. Note: if you need to remove water from your SmallGarden, simply unplug and pour water out from the water inlet end (opposite the power terminal), as demonstrated here. If you are growing less than 10 SeedPods (not recommended), you should reduce the amount of initial water in the SmallGarden by 50% to make sure your SeedPods are not overwatered during germination.
- Gently peek under the soil. Sometimes seeds can sink slower into the SeedPod and may take a few extra days to rise to the surface. Check to see if there are any sprouts underneath any material on the surface of the SeedPod. If you see a seed with a gel-like material around it, this is also a good sign that the plant is about to sprout. Leave it be and wait about 4 more days for signs of larger sprouts.
- Germination rates vary by species. Different plants will germinate at different rates. Lettuce for example is very fast at 4-5 days, but Mint can take almost 20 days to germinate. It's important to keep this in mind when planting various types of plants in your SmallGarden.
If your SeedPods have not germinated by the day indicated in your app, please review our Germination Tips. If you planted your own seeds, please refer to our 'Plant Your Own' Guidelines for tips for sourcing and caring for self-planted plants.