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Old 01-22-2013, 05:13 PM
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2013 - First Seed Wave of the Year


Started the first wave of seeds for this year this afternoon - here's what I started:

Bird of Paradise - Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Chilean Bell Flower - Lapageria rosea
Cigar Flower - Cuphea lanceolata
Corydalis - Corydalis taliensis
Dutchman's Pipe - Gigantia - Aristolochia gigantea
Geranium - Pink Lace - Geranium
Heuchera 'Emperor's Cloak' - Heuchera
Hibiscus - Yellow Mallow - Pavonia praemorsa
Jovellana - Jovellana punctata
Milkweed - Blue - Southern Star - Tweedia coerulea
Mimulus Mimulus luteus tigrinus grandiflorus
Oxalis - Blue - Shamrock Pea - Parochetus communis
Sea Onion - Bowiea volubilis
Shag Spine Pea Shrub - Caragana jubata
Star Vine - Schisandra glabra
Sweet Pea - Blue - 'Azureus' - Lathyrus sativus

I'm doing something new this year .. instead of using those cell packs I'm sowing in small plastic bathroom cups. I'm hoping that by doing this I won't have to transplant seedlings until Spring. As they germinate and 2 sets of true leaves are present I can move each cup out to the greenhouse as needed and just keep replacing new cups of seeds when a space opens up. Having only one tray of seeds simplifies things considerably.





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Old 01-22-2013, 05:31 PM
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That's a great idea! I like the thermometer idea, too.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:54 PM
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That is a great idea. I tried to do that with some of my seeds last year, ONLY I used bathroom dixie cups which after not too long of a time - fell apart. It was a disaster of soggy cups and dirt, mixed up with the little seedlings. Seeing your set up has encouraged me to try again with better cups. Thanks.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:09 PM
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I considered the paper cups but had visions of mushy, falling apart cups by March like you said .. opted for the plastic - glad I did since you confirmed my vision.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:33 PM
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You guys can get sundaes from mcdonalds and use the plastic cups to use for seedlings . at least I did and pop two holes in the top for excess moisture and a couple holes in the bottom for excess drainage .
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:08 PM
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Yogurt cups work great too.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:28 PM
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I"ve used the sundae and yogurt cups before but they really are too big .. with the small bathroom cups I can fit 15 cups to a tray and it's a small tray. If things don't germinate as fast as I'm thinking they will, I can easily add another tray that holds 15 cups and still be on the same heating pad.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:52 PM
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Wow, nice! I'm limited on space too! I think I might give your method a shot.

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re seed Start


Hi
I wanted to give you an idea for starting your seeds that has worked for me every year
You will probley laugh but save your toilet paper and Paper towel Cardboard roll that is the last thing on the little roll thing that no ever fills

You can cut them to the size you want you can use the whole TP roll or cut it in half or whatever size you need same with the toilet paper rolls

You place your potting mix in then plant your seeds what is fantastic is they don't break down when you get ready to transplant or put outside you use the cardboard roll plant it in the ground and cover

They will dissolve into the soil This way there is no worries about transplant shock This works very well for me every year I have used this for vegatables flowers and house Plants

Just thought I would Share
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:00 AM
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re seeds


1 Other Idea you are now using ziplocks I use the bags you buy for cooking in you can get them in different sizes to fit whatever you set your seeds in
And it works fantastic
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:02 AM
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I tried the toilet paper roll thing but it has the same problems as paper cups, they get mushy and start falling apart in a few weeks (in fact have a plastic grocery bag full of rolls from tp and paper towels - if anyone want's them I'll be happy to send for postage) ... what I'm trying to avoid here is transplanting twice. In the past, once a seedling got its true leaves I'd have to transplant them into larger pot for the greenhouse then transplant again in the Spring .. this way, I'm hoping they can stay in these plastic cups til the weather warms up enough to put them in their final place.

Our Dollar Tree carries 2 and 4 gallon plastic bags but the cooking bags are a good idea too.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:17 AM
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Hi
Wow I have never had a problem using te tp rolls but if you don't want to transplant twice the only other thingI could sggest would be either peat pots o jiffy 7 pellets this way you could take them from the house to greenhouse en t garden andplant the whole thing
that does run into money though well jut tying to help
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