Growing Herbs in Vermiculite

I just recently planted a packet of mint seeds from Williamsburg, Virginia that I picked up there three or four years ago. I put a bunch of Vermiculite in a pot (with rocks in the bottom) and began to water it. Mostly the rain has been doing the job for me. I did what the package of Vermiculite told me to do, by simply sprinkling the seeds on top of the fake soil and then watering it.

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I'm worried that it's not growing properly. It's been five or six days, I think, and I don't even see a sprout. Is there something I did wrong? Should I have used real dirt as well? The package of Vermiculite said that I could just sow the seeds on top and the plants would grow. Or am I just impatient?

Maybe the seeds are too old.

Hardiness Zone: 6a

Thanks,
Paul from Walnutport, PA

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June 14, 20070 found this helpful

Hi Paul,

I have never known just vermiculite. I have mixed my soil using not only vermiculite, but pearlite, canadian spaghnum peat moss and potting soil. I use equal portions of each. That should work. If you are only using vermiculite by itself, I would water it well and put a piece of plastic wrap over the pot. Keep checking it daily to see if any have sprouted. Keep checking the moisture level also.

They still might sprout.

hugs,

Marcia

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June 14, 20070 found this helpful

I "googled" it for you. I will likely take 2-3 weeks for the seeds to germinate. The link below is for basic peppermint, but how different could the mints really be?

http://www.planet-science.com/outth ... int/pdf/Mint_GrowingInstructions.pdf

Good luck!

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June 14, 20070 found this helpful

If the seeds are 3 to 4 years old they could certainly be too old to grow. I have never heard of vermiculite alone being used to grow plants. Usually it is mixed with potting soil or a soiless mix. I don't think vermiculite has enough nutrients to be the sole medium for growing plants.

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