This post is an Indoor Plantings Update from the backyard nursery at Great Escape Farms. All of the plants I’m talking about today were planted in the basement under grow lights in February. I’m also planting several trays of seeds today, March 14th.
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What’s Doing Well
The cilantro, Korean Hyssop, fish pepper, bloody dock, miner’s lettuce, and purslane all popped up and are doing wonderful. Cilantro is the biggest surprise, because these are seeds I harvested from the garden four years ago.
Sprouted but Not Thriving
Lovage and Quadrato pepper seeds had a few plants sprout, but germination was a little low. A few more of these type seeds may still germinate over the next few weeks. I have found that some seeds sprout a little slower than others of the same variety.
More Time Needed
We have planted stevia, valerian, ashwaganda and Maryland Senna that have not come up yet. I will give these plants a few more weeks to pop up. Sometimes certain plants take several months to germinate.
None of the paw paw seeds have sprouted yet. I’ve seen from quite a few sources online that they can take eight to ten weeks to sprout. They work very hard on getting a good root base before they sprout their heads up through the soil.
Some of the stratified seeds were pulled out of the refrigerator for planting. Stratification is a process where the seeds are put in a wet medium and keep them cool for a period of time. This process is trying to simulate what they would go through in nature and is trying to get the seeds to break dormancy.
We pulled about a half dozen bags of stratified seeds out of the refrigerator. Only one of the bags of seeds have already started sprouting. Many seeds do not sprout until they get some warmth, so this is nothing to worry about.
There are several ways to thin young plantings to include pricking out and cutting. Pricking out is the process of grabbing the top of the plant and just pulling them out. You can replant them if you get enough of the roots with the plant. I have enough plants, so I’ll just be cutting the tops off of my plants.
The idea is to get down to about two plants per cell so they do not get over crowded. Then in a month or so I’ll take it down to one plant per cell. Leaving two plants lets me see which one will do better and hedge my bets against one of the plants not making it.
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We ended up planting two additional trays of seeds. We then watered them from the bottom and put the top on. The top is a clear plastic lid that holds the humidity in. I will only leave the lid on for a week to get the plants started, then it will be removed and set aside for next year.
Wait and Watch
Now it’s time to wait and watch until the next set of seeds sprout. I’ll pop down to the basement daily and keep an eye on things. The plants don’t need daily watching, but it is kind of therapy for me, getting me ready for spring.
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