Ok...I am nervous! I almost feel like a new parent who is bringing a baby home with little more than a handbook. Can I really bottom water them, zip them back into the zip-lock and ignore for about a week? OK...well...here we go!!!
I found a warm, and fairly dark place in my living room for my flat to go (the picture makes it look bright, but I pulled the curtain for the picture's sake.) In this flat of six, there are five Shirley Poppies and one Hyacinth Bean. The Hyacinth Bean seed had been Scarified at the workshop using sandpaper...thank you MamSprout!! The seeds were fairly large, and two were planted. The Poppy seeds were tiny, so we put them on pieces of copy paper, then carefully placed several in each pot. Once I got home, I took a casserole dish, put warm water in it (about an inch deep) and soaked the flat for 30 minutes. Then drained it in the sink, put the flat back in the zip-lock, with the straws to keep the ceiling from falling in :), found it's home...then prayed I did it right.
|Shirley Poppies and Hyacinth Bean in Blondie's living room.|
Tucked beside a heat register, armoire, and porch door giving indirect light.
Monday, March 10, 2013
Only five days after our workshop, it was Monday morning, I was hurrying out the door for my tennis lesson; then something made me turn around and check the seedlings to see if anything was happening....I wasn't expecting anything, since the books said it'd take 14-28 days for Shirley Poppy seeds to germinate, and I couldn't even remember the hyacinth bean's name, let alone it's germination time. (Did I mention I'm new to this?) WELL....I was SHOCKED to see this tall stem growing across the ceiling of the zip-lock bag (I though it was one of my green straws!) I took the flat into my laundry room, removed the zip-lock (didn't realize I should have just opened the bag at first to ease the plants into the cold cruel world) and put it under my grow light.
|Day 1 |
Under the lamp
|Day 1 |
Under the Lamp
There they are!!! The first day. The Hyacinth Beans have both popped up, the tallest one is about 4" tall, the second one is shorter and covered with dirt. The Poppies are about a 1/2", and there's a lot of them!
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Day Two of the newly uncovered seedlings! I lightly misted and then tried to get the dirt off the short bean. That was not successful!! I accidently broke it off :( I need to learn not to mess too much, or groom them at this tender stage. The remaining bean has grown 2" in one day...check out the leaf too!!
|Hyacinth Bean's new "home"|
|See the new vine growing off to the right?|
|Shirley Poppys have thinned out but a couple of strong ones are growing!!|