I am living in Central America. I recently decided to to try and start some lettuce because I love lettuce. I already have peppers, tomatoes, etc without a problem.
So I got some Lettuce seeds that are from Columbia (well the variety of Gourmet lettuce is) and it deals well with the climate here, I also got a typical variety of lettuce that grows in the climate here.
Our average climate is 60's at night and in the day 80's or low 90's but I have it grown in the shade in door and the temp doesn't go above 84 or 85.
The seeds are not old and out of the same packet the lady who imports them grew a few and had no issues. So I figured I wouldn't either: wrong.
I tried several methods, first I tried germinating them in Rockwool after soaking it in 5.5 pH 1/3 cut nutrient mix water. They have failed to do anything.
So I decided maybe it's the rockwool, the mixture, etc. So I remembered an old trick with a paper towel and a ziplock bag that has never let down.
I wet the paper towel, rang it out, put the seeds on it, folded it over once. I did a second and laid the seeds on top, no folding. I stuck both in a Ziplock bag fully sealed (to lock in humidity).
I left it in a semi-sunny spot (maybe 3 hrs a day of sun) and it's been 24 hours and I see no change in the seeds. I can see it's plenty humid by the moisture in the bag.
Does anybody know why my seeds won't start? Any suggestions or ideas?
Thank You in Advance