Department of Agriculture - Testing of Seed - Vegetable and herb seed germination standards.


Published: 2014-09-21

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The minimum germination standards for vegetable and herb seeds offered for sale in the state of Ohio are:

Anise50
Artichoke60
Asparagus70
Basil, sweet70
Beans, garden70
Beans, lima70
Beans, asparagus75
Beans, runner75
Beets65
Broccoli75
Brussels sprouts70
Cabbage75
Cabbage, Chinese75
Caraway55
Cardoon60
Carrot55
Cauliflower75
Celery and celeriac55
Chard, Swiss65
Chervil, salad65
Chickory65
Chives50
Citron65
Collards80
Coriander70
Corn, sweet75
Cornsalad70
Cowpea75
Cress, garden75
Cress, water40
Cucumber80
Dandelion60
Dill60
Eggplant60
Endive70
Fennel, florence60
Fennel, sweet50
Kale75
Kohlrabi75
Leek60
Lettuce80
Marjoram, sweet50
Muskmelon75
Mustard75
Okra (including hard seeds)50
Onion70
Oregano60
Pak-choi75
Parsley60
Parsnip60
Peas80
Pepper55
Pumpkin75
Radish75
Rhubarb60
Roquette60
Rosemary30
Rutabaga75
Sage60
Salsify75
Savory, summer55
Sorrel65
Soybean75
Spinach (except N. Zealand)60
Spinach, New-Zealand40
Squash75
Thyme50
Tomato75
Tomato, husk50
Turnip80
Watermelon70

The germination standards for all vegetable and herb seed not identified in this rule shall be fifty per cent.

Last updated July 8, 2021 at 1:48 PM