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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 24, 2015 12:35 PM CST
These are the first wave of seeds I'm starting indoors on a heating pad. I use an old dark room thermometer stuck in the same seed starting mix as the seeds to monitor soil temperature. Once they germinate and show indications of the first set of true leaves, they are weaned off the heat, transplanted into individual pots and placed in the greenhouse.

Here's the first batch:

Abutilon - Tennent's White - Abutilon vitifolium

Balloon Pea - Lessertia frutescens

Bell Flower - Canarina canariensis

Desert Bird of Paradise - Caesalpinia gilliesii

Brazilian Coral Tree - Erythrina crista-galli

Caterpillar Bean - Scorpirius muricatus

Cigar Flower - Cuphea lanceolata

Giant Honey Bush - Melianthus major

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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Jan 24, 2015 2:15 PM CST
ooooh so exciting!

I wish I could get motivated.

Maybe tomorrow....
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 24, 2015 2:49 PM CST
Getting motivated is not really a problem .. the real problem is making room in the greenhouse once they start sprouting!
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jan 24, 2015 4:03 PM CST
Same here, Anne. I have to start thousands of seeds in order to have plants to sell at market as well as plants for the veggie garden. I have to wean them from the warmth as quickly as possible since I only have two lighted shelving units in the house and I lost space in the GH when I put in the sink w/counter. But I have been sowing seeds in the GH this year and I am so glad I put the sink and counter in. I will find room somewhere!

This year I am trying something different. I am sowing the lettuce in plug trays and leaving them in the GH to germinate. That will save me a lot of room because I do a minimum of 6 trays of lettuce, 288 plugs each.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 24, 2015 4:37 PM CST
Wowza! That's a LOT of lettuce! I always start with the 'takes longest to germinate' ones first. The morning glory's go last because they are real thugs and even though they are last to start they end up mugging everything near them with 'hugs' before I can get them in the ground.
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Name: Geof
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mandolls
Jan 24, 2015 5:15 PM CST
You are starting some interesting plants!
I have been planning on getting a few things started before January is over, so I better get kicking!

Seeing others starting always helps motivate - even if you are 4 zones warmer.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 24, 2015 5:42 PM CST
I like the weird ... more to come too! Every time I come across a new seed site I go though their entire catalog and look up ones I'm not familiar with. I've discovered some really amazing and jaw dropping plants that way .. like Trichosanthes kirilowii. I found this two years ago.

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Name: Pat Barlow
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dragonfetti
Jan 24, 2015 6:06 PM CST
HI! Thought I'd jump right in...Anne, I didn't look up all your seeds but the Desert Bird of Paradise grows wild here and there are always seeds. If you need any please let me know. I am just starting to get seeds started because I have no where to put them as seedlings. The majority of seeds can be direct sown here in the High Desert. Of course many of you sell your plants but we (my sister and I) won't be able to do that until maybe next year. We had hoped to get some things to grow over the winter and our carrots, radishes and sugar peas are still alive but growing very slow. We had an early start of cold weather and many nights now of frost. The sugar peas are never covered and the carrots and radish get covered with plastic at night.Just something we thought we would try.

I sure enjoy everyone's input here! Hurray!
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 25, 2015 9:07 AM CST
Thanks Pat! I just might take you up on your offer of seeds later on if I don't have luck with germination. From what I understand, deserts tend to have drastic temperature extremes between day and night.
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Name: Geof
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mandolls
Jan 25, 2015 9:10 AM CST
That hairy little Chinese Cucumber flower is very cool!!
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 25, 2015 9:24 AM CST
It is indeed! It's a night bloomer and has an awesome fragrance.
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 28, 2015 10:04 AM CST
We have lift off! The first to germinate is the Desert Bird of Paradise - Caesalpinia gilliesii! The cotyledons were totally encapsulated so I took an exacto knife and cut the coat along one side.

One of the problems of starting seeds indoors on heat mats is that the seed coat does not have time to soften up enough for the cotyledons to break the coat so the cotyledons get trapped. When I see this happening, I immediately do 'surgery' to free the cotyledons.

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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Jan 28, 2015 10:10 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jan 28, 2015 12:54 PM CST
Hurray! I do surgery sometimes too!
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 28, 2015 1:25 PM CST
It can be tricky sometimes!
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 28, 2015 2:24 PM CST
Just noticed another one popping up! This one is Abutilon - Tennent's White - Abutilon vitifolium.

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abhege
Jan 28, 2015 5:12 PM CST
To me, this is the most exciting time!!!
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jan 28, 2015 5:27 PM CST
For me too!
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jan 29, 2015 5:05 PM CST

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You have better hands than me. When I attempt that I usually massacre the cotyledon.

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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Jan 29, 2015 5:25 PM CST
You do have to be careful. If you catch it before it starts putting out a lot of hairy roots, you can safely remove it from the soil, do what you need to do then put it back. I use an exacto knife and toe nail clippers and repeat my seedling mantra over and over as I work - which is:

Leaves can be replaced, stems cannot.
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