SeedPods combine plant seeds with a growing media (the soil) and a time release plant food. All seeds germinate at different rates, but the below steps apply to all plant types that we offer. Most germination issues can be For plant specific information, please reference the ēdn App.
Germination Best Practices
- Ensure your SeedPods are not 'over watered' - When you initially plant your SmallGarden, only add 32oz of water (or 75%) - This will improve germination, and also reduce the occurrence of algae that can grow on the surface of a SeedPod. If you need to remove water from your SmallGarden, simply unplug and pour out from the water inlet end (opposite the power terminal) and wipe down. Your SmallGarden is water resistant and will not be damaged by pouring out water from this end.
- If you are growing less than 10 SeedPods, you should reduce the amount of initial water in the SmallGarden by 50%. Although we recommend no less than growing 10 SeedPods at a time, it's important to make sure your SeedPods are not over watered during germination.
- Remove the small piece of material from the center of the SeedPod. Our seeds are planted in a small hole that is covered with a piece of material. After the first few days, it can help to remove this material to give your plants some room to grow.
- Remove the sticker from the SeedPod - sometimes the seedlings can get trapped under the sticker after initial germination. Simply remove the sticker from the SeedPod and replace the lid. If there's any visible seeds, make sure they have a clear path to grow. Also note, we're actively working to improve this aspect of our SeedPods.
- Germination rates vary by species. Different plants will germinates 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 some SeedPods are not germinated 10 days after planting, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist you.
If you planted your own seeds, please refer to our 'Plant Your Own' Guidelines for tips for sourcing and caring for self-planted plants.