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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 2. Agriculture
Agency 5. Department of Agriculture And Consumer Services
Chapter 390. Rules and Regulations for the Enforcement of the Virginia Seed Law
5/22/2022

2VAC5-390-90. Vegetable seeds and minimum germination standards.

A. Vegetable seeds are the seeds of the following, and the germination standards are as indicated:

Kind

Germination Standard

Asparagus -- Asparagus officinalis

70

Beans, garden -- Phaseolus vulgaris

70

Beans, lima -- Phaseolus lunatus

70

Beet -- Beta vulgaris

65

Broccoli -- Brassica oleracea var. botrytis

75

Brussels sprouts -- Brassica oleracea var. gemnifera

70

Cabbage -- Brassica oleracea, var. capitata

75

Carrot -- Daucus carota

55

Cauliflower -- Brassica oleracea var. botrytis

75

Celeriac -- Apium graveolens var. rapaceum

55

Celery -- Apium graveolens var. dulce

55

Chicory -- Cichorium intybus

65

Citron -- Citrullus lanatus var. citroides

65

Collards -- Brassica oleracea var. acephala

80

Corn, garden -- Zea mays

75

Cornsalad -- Valerianella locusta

70

Cowpea -- Vigna unguiculata subsp. unguiculata

75

Cress, garden -- Lepidium sativum

75

Cress, upland -- Barbarea verna

60

Cress, water -- Nasturtium officinale

40

Cucumber -- Cucumis sativus

80

Eggplant -- Solanum melongena

60

Endive -- Cichorium endivia

70

Kale -- Brassica spp

75

Kohlrabi -- Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes

75

Leek -- Allium porrum

60

Lettuce -- Lactuca sativa

80

Muskmelon (Cantaloupe) -- Cucumis melo

75

Mustard -- Brassica juncea

75

Mustard, spinach -- Brassica perviridis

75

Okra -- Abelmoschus esculentus

50

Onion -- Allium cepa

70

Parsley -- Petroselinum crispum

60

Parsnip -- Pastinaca sativa

60

Peas, garden -- Pisum sativum

80

Pepper -- Capsicum spp

55

Pe-tsai or Chinese cabbage -- Brassica pekinensis

75

Pumpkin -- Cucurbita pepo

75

Radish -- Raphanus sativus

75

Rhubarb -- Rheum rhabarbarum

60

Rhutabaga -- Brassica napus var. napobrassica

75

Salsify -- Tragapogon porrifolius

75

Spinach (except New Zealand) -- Spinacia oleracea

60

Spinach, New Zealand -- Tetragonia expansa

40

Squash -- Cucurbita pepo

75

Swiss chard -- Beta vulgaris var. cicla

65

Tomato -- Lycopersicon lycopersicum

75

Turnip -- Brassica rapa

80

Watermelon -- Citrullus lanatus

70

B. Testing tolerances shall not be applied unless the percentage of germination is shown on the seed package or label attached to the seed container. If no germination percentage is shown on the label, the seed must meet minimum standards without benefit of tolerance.

Statutory Authority

§ 3.2-4001 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR115-04-09 § 9, eff. November 13, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 2, Issue 4, eff. December 24, 1985; Volume 2, Issue 17, eff. June 25, 1986; Volume 3, Issue 1, eff. November 12, 1986; Volume 7, Issue 7, eff. January 31, 1991.

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