Why your Woolworths Discovery Garden plants aren’t growing: Guide reveals the correct season for each seed – and some should NOT be planted in spring

  • Woolworths Discovery Garden have been met with rapt applause from shoppers
  • There are 24 seedlings to collect and you get one for every $30 you spend
  • But most families are planting the seedlings straight away, rather than waiting
  • Each herb, flower or vegetable is meant to be planted during a different season 

Woolworths Discovery Garden plants are quickly becoming one of the most popular supermarket promotions Australia has ever seen.

The nationwide grocer is selling 24 different herbs, flowers and vegetables to shoppers who spend $30 or more in store during a single transaction.

But for those who are failing to see the seeds grow, it may be because they have been planted in the wrong season. 

Woolworths Discovery Garden plants are quickly becoming one of the most popular supermarket promotions Australia has ever seen (the full kit pictured)

Woolworths Discovery Garden plants are quickly becoming one of the most popular supermarket promotions Australia has ever seen (the full kit pictured)

When should you plant each seedling? 

Basil: Spring to summer

Beetroot: Late winter to autumn

Bok Choi: Spring to autumn

Cabbage: Summer to autumn

Carrot: All year round, except winter in cool areas

Chamomile: Spring to early summer

Chives: Spring to autumn

Coriander: Spring to summer

Cress: Any season

Dianthus: Spring and autumn

Lettuce: Late winter to autumn

Onion: Autumn to winter

Oregano: Spring to autumn

Parsley: Spring to autumn

Rocket: Any season

Spinach: Late summer to winter

Tomato: Early spring to summer

Sunflower: Spring to early summer

Dill: Spring to autumn

Kale: Late summer to winter

‘All of the seeds have different growing seasons and you’ll need to be patient before planting them,’ community group Plastic-free Brisbane wrote on Facebook.

‘Don’t do what we did, which is get a mad rush of blood to the head and start planting every single seed as soon as you get them.’

For example, kale seeds are meant to be sown in late summer to early winter so preparing them now, in spring, won’t have them thriving.

'Don't do what we did, which is get a mad rush of blood to the head and start planting every single seed as soon as you get them'

For example, kale seeds are meant to be sown in late summer to early winter so preparing them now, in spring, won't have them thriving

‘All of the seeds have different growing seasons and you’ll need to be patient before planting them,’ community group Plastic-free Brisbane wrote on Facebook

The ones that are best to plant in Australia's current climate are basil, bok choi, carrot, chamomile, chives, coriander, cress, dianthus, dill, oregano, parsley, rocket, tomato and sunflowers

The ones that are best to plant in Australia’s current climate are basil, bok choi, carrot, chamomile, chives, coriander, cress, dianthus, dill, oregano, parsley, rocket, tomato and sunflowers

The ones that are best to plant in Australia’s current climate are basil, bok choi, carrot, chamomile, chives, coriander, cress, dianthus, dill, oregano, parsley, rocket, tomato and sunflowers.

Meanwhile spinach, onions and cabbage are better suited to different seasons, namely late summer to autumn.

‘Thanks, I was really to rush in and start planting them all. These are great tips,’ one mother commented beneath the social media post.

Woolworths have also given other clues as to why your plants might not be sprouting, and it involves watering them too much or too little, the seeds aren’t covered in enough soil or the soil was packed too tightly.

'Thanks, I was really to rush in and start planting them all. These are great tips,' one mother commented beneath the social media post

‘Thanks, I was really to rush in and start planting them all. These are great tips,’ one mother commented beneath the social media post

Plastic-Free Brisbane stressed that the pots Woolworths supplied can dry out quite quickly if left in the sun but placing them inside old strawberry punnets works like a mini greenhouse

Plastic-Free Brisbane stressed that the pots Woolworths supplied can dry out quite quickly if left in the sun but placing them inside old strawberry punnets works like a mini greenhouse

Other reasons your seeds aren’t sprouting

Seed performance is subject to growing conditions. 

Most seeds should sprout within 1-2 weeks of being planted, though some may take longer. 

However, some seeds may not germinate and if you’re still not seeing a seedling, it could be because: 

* The soil hasn’t been wet enough OR has been too wet. 

* The seeds weren’t covered in enough soil. 

* The soil was packed down too tightly. * The pots were put somewhere too windy, too cold, or too hot. 

Source: Woolworths 

‘Seed performance is subject to growing conditions. Most seeds should sprout within 1-2 weeks of being planted though some may take longer,’ the company said.

Plastic-Free Brisbane stressed that the pots Woolworths supplied can dry out quite quickly if left in the sun but placing them inside old strawberry punnets works like a mini greenhouse.

It locks the moisture in and keeps like wind, rain and insects away from the seedlings.

Most of the plants need to be watered daily but do check the soil to make sure they’re not being saturated.

The Woolworths plants have been so successful that Aldi and Bunnings have released their own plant-related sales, encouraging customers to grow their own food.

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