Saturday, April 06, 2013

SEED UPDATE - i need help

Last weekend I finally planted seeds for the first time indoors since a grade 6 science experiment.

I have started on what feels like a long and arduous journey full of lurking dangers like drying out or  'damping off', but I have been lead to believe that it will have both financial and spiritual rewards.

I am already off schedule.
  The Lupins are sprouting after 3 days, not 20-30 and the Daisies instead of 10-20 are also sprouting at 6. Some Lupin have grown so fast they are already touching the top of the little plastic greenhouse seed tray.

What happened? Too moist? Does it matter?  Do I just leave them and hope the rest slow down? I will strive do more reading up on it but if you have any advice please do not hesitate.

What I planted:
Shasta daisies copy
20 White Shasta Daisies for the front moon garden.

16 white Lupine, also for the front Moon Garden.

A wild garden in the countryside containing spring flowering lupin and phlox. Stock Photo - 3378530
22 mixed Lupin for the cottage roadside.
Sharing with  Tootsie Time's Fertilizer Friday


  1. Too bad plant seeds don't know how to read :) As soon as all the seeds sprout I think the top cover should be removed for good. After a few leaves have sprouted watering less might be beneficial, but do not let the leaves wilt from lack of water. The problem might be they need brighter light. Seeds grown in dimmer light will be leggy and tall, meaning lots of stem and not much in leaves. I used to plant seeds in those round flat disks that would swell up to around 2" tall when water was applied. That way I did not have to move seedlings from a flat to pots before planting in ground. They were on a tray just above a plant heating element for warmth with a fluorescent plant light above. A sunny window sill will also work.

    1. LOL, yes too bad they cannot read. I had them germinating in the dark but will move them under lights this weekend if not before. Even the daisies are coming in strong now. The least germination is happening in the white lupin, but I am prepared to give them more time.

      In the end perhaps they will just be bigger plants than I imagined planting...

    2. Don't let your plants get too leggy or they may bend over from the top weight and grow sideways. Read up on pinching off the top of the plants when they get a certain size also so they will bush out, forming more stems from the pinched off point, therefore more leaves. I don't think you do this with all plants, but some benefit greatly from this.

    3. Will do. I certainly don't want leggy plants!


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