Number of seeds

Is it just me – or has the number of seeds in packets reduced?

It being sunny and warm today, I decided to spring into action and sow some more tomatoes, as well as sweet peppers.


These will be staying indoors for now, even though the greenhouse today has been at over 17 degrees C. There’s just a little bit of space on theliving room  windowsill, so it seemed a shame not to use it! Besides, with only 6-10 seeds in each packet, I wasn’t keen on losing them…. 

There’s less likelihood of that inside, I hope. 


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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21 Responses to Number of seeds

  1. Cynthia says:

    6-10 seeds …. Maybe you got defective packages. Doesn’t seem right. Happy Planting!

    • Helen says:

      The packets actually said the number of seeds, so maybe it’s because of the varieties? Fortunately, not all the packets I have are like this 🙂 (I’ll look more closely before I buy in future.)

      • Cynthia says:

        I am going to check from now on too, lol. Hardly worth packaging 6-12 seeds.

        • Helen says:

          That’s another point! The two shown in this blog were bought incidentally (ie my parents had invited us to have a meal at the garden centre where I bought them), but it would hardly be worth driving somewhere to buy so little :-s

  2. andy1076 says:

    Hoping I’ll be successful at growing tomatoes this summer, with any luck heirlooms 🙂

  3. Oh no you are kidding – 6 to 8 seeds per pack. Never! I feel cheated … But you have reminded me I need to get outdoors and spray my seedlings. Thank you 😀

  4. atkokosplace says:

    Must fill all available space on window sill! I agree, they may have a better chance indoors since you don’t have very many. Good luck with them. I wish your garden much success!❀

  5. I only had 8 seeds in my tomato packet. It said on it that F1 seeds are very expensive to produce, so maybe that’s what you have too? ( Funnily enough, 9 seedlings came up!!)

    On another note, I really think T&M need a rebrand. Their packets look so dated!

    • Helen says:

      I think you’ve hit the nail on the head there re F1 seeds. The garden centre which is easiest to get to and has the most pleasant atmosphere locally does have a poor range of seeds – mostly T&M. Anyway, the learning curve continues….. The packets certainly aren’t funky when I think about it!

  6. Is there anything more promising than a packet of seeds? I love them.

    They’re probably trying to reduce costs by using the same packets size but fewer seeds. That would be my guess. And since they are often sold by weight, the difference would seem negligible. Sigh. I hope you get a good crop.

  7. drofmit4108 says:

    Muddyboots is right, Helen…
    Fi seeds require isolation and hand pollination to be produced…
    very expensive on material and personpower…. so you always get very few seeds.
    That said, when it comes to tomatoes….
    there is a very neat trick we first learnt from Radio Leeds’ gardening expert….
    Jo Maiden….
    when he was the head gardener at Golden Acre Park…
    and was the the Which Gardening veg specialist.
    Buy the packet of F1 seed and sow in FEBRUARY…
    under glass with bottom heat.
    Prick out and grow on the seedlings…
    you only need to use half a packet for this…
    four seeds!
    Once the plant has started to produce sideshoots, break these off and put the stems into a glass of water…
    once they put out roots, pot on!
    They will be ready for the garden at the right time…
    the parent plant may also be made less leggy by cutting the top off and rooting that the same way.
    We got eight Lemon Boy that way last year…
    from one purchased plant!!

    The biggest drawback with F1 seed for the home gardener is that they are designed for commercial growers…
    everything comes on stream at the same time!!
    So you need to be ready to use up a glut of a particular veg!!

    • Helen says:

      Thanks for this information. I might try this out in future years – one way or another I think I’ll have enough tomato plants for this year.

      I don’t mind a glut of toms, thank goodness, considering that’s what I normally get 🙂

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