Now, I have grown maple seeds before but in ideal conditions they sprout in 2 days, it has been 3 days and so far I have watered them every other day(I have checked the soil for moisture every day and if it has moisture, I don't water them. I have noticed though that the seeds are sinking down. Is that a good thing? Does it mean that roots are growing and it shouldn't be long before I see a stem? Now yes I am growing them in the middle of winter but once spring comes I will bring them outside when it is warm enough and they will regulate themselves into the cycle they would have if planted during the spring. I also am keeping a cold draft from coming through for too long. But anyway, is it a good thing that my maple seeds are sinking?
The soil they are in is like a mixture of loam and sand with some bark in it. No, I haven't grown maple seeds in this soil before but I think the melted ice in the soil last year was too much moisture for sprouting seeds. Plus, the soil that is in the ravine near my back porch is in some places quite sandy and rocky and lots of maples, elms, and oaks thrive there. A sapling could survive high moisture but I think the reason no seeds sprouted last year was the ice that melted. This time, I don't have to worry about melted ice because I will transplant them in April, when I know that the sun and the elm sapling I have in 1 of my pots(an elm seed just happened to land there and start growing) have drawn out a lot of the moisture that originated from the ice.