Posted: 26/05/2015 at 13:46
I've had a problem with some 'Cobra' french beans I bought. Most of what I buy I start in modules to give them a head start before the slugs get at them but I thought I'd give them a go straight in the ground given that it's been a warm May and I'd bought some nematodes and already watered them in.
So far - three weeks on - I haven't had a single bean germinate, probably having planted 30-odd! There's been plenty of sun, it's a raised bed so I think the soil must be warm enough, watering but not overwatering in between rain (hasn't been much of that). All my peas, tomatoes etc are growing v well.
Maybe the beans are only a day or two away from sprouting but this seems like an awfully long time for germination?
Either way, I guess I've still got time given it's not quite June yet to plant them in modules in the coldframe to give them a headstart but I'm just a bit surprised it's taken so long.
Realistically, should I assume the seeds have rotted or or will patience prevail? The alternative is that the squirrel family nearby have paid a visit... I've seen them scrabbling around in that bed a bit but it seems unlikely that they'd have so efficiently removed every single seed?