Monday, March 10, 2014

IC Sprouts, UC Sprouts, We All C Sprouts

Sorry, UC Sprouts - I couldn't resist the pun on your name today!  It's such an exciting post as two of us now have sprouts. (Librarysprout and WV sprout).

I was going to do a separate post that included the names of the seeds we received - but our seeds wouldn't wait on me.   The list is at the end of this post.  But I think the fact that we have seeds sprouting less than one week after our workshop is AWESOME!  And, wait until you see where some of us located our little seedling trays.

Our Basic Plant Propagation guide recommends the following for light:  "Some seeds require light to germinate.  Fluorescent bulbs 4"-6" above the tented container is the goal, but seeds will germinate even if lights are further away.  For seeds that need darkness - a trash bag or large pot over the plastic tent works."  So - again, research specific propagation instructions for every seed you wish to try to determine this.

Here are photographs of three of the locations:

WV Sprout - on the island in my kitchen.  North facing ceiling skylight off center about 12' (feet!)
high providing indirect light.   The kitchen has white cabinets, providing additional reflected light.  And the island is across from the oven.  Warmth is provided by a sunny day and some evenings when the oven is being used.
 Generally a bright and cheery place.

UC Sprouts location.
As she says - "A very unglamorous location!"
But the trays are receiving some bottom warmth provided by the
refrigerator motor and fluorescent light from above.
And, they are not lonely - Paper towel roll seems
to dropping in for a visit!

Mamsprout - On top of a file cabinet in a west facing
dormer window.  Notice, too, the white walls with reflected light.
Yes, these guys are in solitary confinement!

Can't wait to see photographs from other members of the blog!  Please send in or comment!

Mamsprout says:  "Many, many years ago, on the bottom of the master gardener notebook I wrote a tip from Harry Wise about light for seedlings. He said reflected light is full spectrum, so propping a piece of white paper behind a flat can potentially double the light source." 

An additional photo taken yesterday - before waking up this morning to sprouts - shows the rain forest in my tent.  Not so much moisture that it is dripping but just enough that you can see the moisture! A gentle mist.  See - it's not so hard.

See the moisture collecting on the top of the bag. 
It's very fine and you can still see through to the plants so
you know it is not too much.

All of this is intended to reassure you that you can do this easily at home in a small area of your house.   Our blog is devoted to helping you feel confident in attempting to enjoy the pleasure of starting a plant from seed and following it through to see it bloom in your garden.


Here are two photos of mine - will add some more as they come in.

Aren't they adorable?
Look at the soft baby fuzz on the ones in the lower photo.
(click on photo to enlarge)
Both of these are poppy seeds which can also be sown outdoors.

Next post - what to do now - THAT CRITICAL FIRST WEEK -  watering, light and temperature!

Now - the promised list of seeds that we are starting.  some came from Shirley Meniece seed share, others came from member's gardens collected last fall).  And please DO let me know if I have those A, E, I and Os reversed!)  Spelling checks don't perform well on botanical names!

  • Purple hyacinth Bean (Lablab purpurea)- annual vine
  • Larkspur (Consolida ajacis) - annual,  self seeder
  • Scarlet Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus - annual in our zone, perennial to zone 9)
  • Four o'clock or Marvel of Peru (Mirabilis jalapa) - perennial
  • Clemson spineless okra (Malvaceae) - vegetable
  • Torch Lily/Red Hot Poker (Knophifia spp) - perennial
  • Wild Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis) - perennial
  • Sea Holly (Eryngium planum) - perennial
  • Spiderflower (Cleome hassleriana) - annual, self seeder
  • Opium Poppy (Papaver somniferum) - annual, self seeder
  • Shirley Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) - annual, self seeder
  • Hard Shelled Gourd 'Angel Wings' (Ligernaria siceraria) - vegetable
  • Blue Anise Sage 'Black & Blue) (Salvia guaranitica) - perennial in warm zone, annual here
  • Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria) - perennial
  • Organic Heirloom Tomato 'Brandywine Pink' (Lycoparsicon esculentum) - vegetable
  • Siberian Iris 'White Swirl' (Iris sibirica) - perennial
  • Flowering or ornamental tobacco (Nicotiana alata) - annual, self seeder
  • Blue Star Amsonia (Amsonia tabernaemontana) - perennial
  • Big Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) - perennial

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