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Old 01-18-2017, 04:50 PM
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These seeds are so small, how do I get them into the planter without dumping all of them in at once??


They are small, even with the pellet coating.

I pour the seeds into a small bowl and use tweezers to pick up each one and then lay it down in my planting mix. Then just push it down just a tiny bit. I do this for every one and put them into separate growing containers.

And that's it. Much easier then mass planting and having to pull up plants cause they are growing to close together.
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Old 01-20-2017, 10:26 PM
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It's just about that time, if you are up late and want to start your seeds tonight then do so!!

I will be planting mine tomorrow afternoon as I usually can't get to sleep till late and then get up late.

Great luck everyone!!

If you don't have your seeds yet no worries just start them when you get them!!

Can't wait to see some nice sprouts
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Old 01-21-2017, 12:18 PM
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I just finished planting up my petunias. I had heard of a trick when you are planting tiny seeds and you want to place them one by one (instead of just scattering them) and I tried it with the petunia seeds and it worked great. You wet a toothpick and when you touch it to a seed, it will stick to it so you can place it right where you want it really easily.


I just pressed a seed in each pot and didn't cover them with soil. I didn't have any vermiculite to try, so I just used a seed starting mix. I did sprinkle DE and cinnamon over the pots also. I put them on a heating mat with the light a few inches above them - nothing left to do now but wait! Fingers crossed...
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Old 01-21-2017, 03:04 PM
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Oh what a great idea, I am fixen to plant mine and I'm gonna do your toothpick trick!

They look awesome Sherri!!!
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Old 01-21-2017, 06:18 PM
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Done! Toothpick works way better then tweezers!! Thank you Sherri!!

On the right is the vermiculite & perlite mix, I mixed them both with water before I began filling my planting cups.



I just used plastic cups that I cut down



All done~started some maters and african daisy's too!

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Old 01-21-2017, 08:42 PM
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Looks great fearadyn can't wait to see how that vermiculite works for you. Those videos you posted were pretty convincing - I think it would be especially good for starting seeds that take a long time to germinate too - I'm always worried about overwatering seeds. I was excited the toothpick thing worked too - I'll definitely be using that tip in the future. I sure am glad these seeds aren't supposed to take long to sprout though, I'm already impatient, haha!
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Old 01-21-2017, 11:58 PM
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I planted half in the vermiculite and half in the seed starting soil. So we will see if it makes a difference. The one thing I read about the vermiculite is that you don't have a problem with mold.

Hopefully that is true!
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Old 01-22-2017, 07:17 PM
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All seeds were planted in vermiculite using a wet toothpick. Cinnamon was sprinkled on top. I now have access to a fluorescent light. Markers are tags from bread loaf with colors roughly matching petunia colors. Thanks for all the tips.
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Old 01-23-2017, 12:22 AM
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Excellent!!! What a great idea using bread tags for marking your pots!! I will remember that one!!

So awesome that you came upon some good lighting. They should do wonderful!
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Old 01-23-2017, 04:31 PM
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My seeds are in...i sang them a little song to encourage them,hopefully it did not kill them
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Old 01-23-2017, 04:53 PM
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Whoot, looking good!!! Love that you sung them a song!!

Now we wait for the sprouts to show!! Come on babies!!

One thing that always gets me, a piece of perlite will turn green and I always always mistake it for a sprout~LOL
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Old 01-26-2017, 10:57 PM
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Looks like everyone has a great growing space! Any sprouts yet anyone? I get so worried waiting.... Hurry up you little petunias, haha!
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Old 01-27-2017, 08:35 AM
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No petunia sprouts here yet, LOL, I saw the post from you and I thought , Whoot Sherri's got her first sprouts!!

I do have some painted daisy sprouts tho!!

I agree, hurry up babies!!
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Old 01-28-2017, 12:36 AM
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Whoot, I've got a teensy tiny sprout
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Old 01-28-2017, 12:48 AM
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Woohoo! Hopefully the rest of us will see something soon too, can't wait!
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