[gardeners] seed depth

margaret lauterbach (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 15 Dec 1998 09:18:09 -0700

For the past several years I've agonized, wrung my hands and mostly cursed
chile seeds for being "caught in the seed" (primary leaves don't even
emerge).  I've been told that was due to old seeds, some of which were
brand new from seed companies.  A few days ago I saw a comment that that
could also be due to too-shallow planting.  Well!  

I always plant seeds more shallowly than recommended.  One quarter inch is
deep by my reckoning.  Does anyone know whether that is true?  Are
shallow-planted seeds more likely to be caught in the seed than
deeper-planted seeds?  Thanks very much, Margaret L