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Old 02-07-2012, 10:29 AM
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Things are popping up all over! The Linaria and Carnation Clove Drops took a little over 2 weeks to start emerging. The most amazing one is the Roselle Hibiscus .. I just planted that YESTERDAY around 11am and it's germinating already! The Four O' Clocks took about a week and I'll be potting them up in individual pots this weekend.



For the 3rd wave of seeds I planted the following yesterday:

Brugmansia - Atahualpa
Brugmansia - Vulcan Angel Trumpet
Corkscrew Vine
Hibiscus - Simply Love
Hibiscus - Thai Red Roselle
Pink Hawksbeard
Snail Vine
Honeywort - Blue Shrimp Plant
Castor Plant - Carmencita

Everything is going as scheduled! I have 1 more wave of non MG seeds to sow. I decided to do the MG's last because of the extraordinary warm weather we are having. I don't want to be breaking up fights in the greenhouse as MG seedlings are thugs pure and simple.
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:10 AM
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They are sooo cute when they are that age~
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:40 AM
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The Roselle Hibiscus just blows me away every time .. All the Roselles, Hibiscus sabdariffa seem to be in a hurry to germinate! Wish other hibiscus species were that fast!
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One day to germinate must surely be a WOW kinda day! You must have green blood running through your green thumb!
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What are you doing for germination, any heat, inside your greenhouse? Just curious as to how to get starts at things. Looks good. Weather has been weird?
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Angie have you been looking in the mirror again? Thought I told you not to do that. Wierd reflection, huh?
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Great Job X!
Just one Q!
About that Roselle...I have always blown it! Very few germinated and then I killed all 3 seedlings over the summer. One was 20-30 CM tall and even then I managed to kill it.
But just tell me about the seeds... any pre-treatment? Nicking? Soaking? They need HEAT?
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:18 AM
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Here is what the whole set up looks like .. I am using two heating pads that don't have the auto cut off feature in a south facing window. There is a towel between the pad and plants. The seeds in the cell packs are ones that come up fairly quickly and the others in pots in plastic bags have a long germination period. An old darkroom thermometer in a pot of moist dirt is used to keep an eye on temperature. The temps get no lower than 72 at night and into the upper 80's to low 90's in the day. Vented lids are kept on the cell pack but were taken off for the picture. The Four O'Clocks will be weaned off the heat starting tomorrow by putting folded washcloths directly below them and potted up into individual pots then moved out to the greenhouse on Saturday - I usually wait until I see true leaves to do that but they are growing faster than I expected.



The Roselle this morning, looks like they have ALL germinated! Another surprise was the Pink Hawks Beard, Crepis rubra. It's also called the "Pink Dandelion". The seeds are 2 years old and as slender and long as a sewing needle. They are in the same family, Asteraceae as the yellow Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale everyone is familiar with.



Cal I take a pair of cuticle scissors that are small and very very sharp and cut a bit of the seed coat off the seeds .. in fact I nick pretty much every seed that is large enough to nick.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:42 AM
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Thanks. For the nicking tip. I also nick big seeds.
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:41 AM
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The Four O'Clocks and Roselle wouldn't wait til tomorrow .. they were demanding to be transplanted and moved out to the greenhouse today! Thankfully it's very overcast so they should make the adjustment without any problems.



Other newcomers coming up are some Snail Vine and Corkscrew Vine along with 4 Castor beans that are 8 years old! I planted 4 and they all germinated!
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:51 AM
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They feel the spring coming soon and don't want to miss out!


What seed starting mix do you use? That really looks good to me.
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:11 AM
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I'm potting up seedlings almost everyday now and moving them out to the greenhouse!!! The bench is starting to get full!

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