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Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Mar 16, 2016 5:59 PM CST
I hope everyone sees this thread, I thought we needed a results thread to show our excitement and success with these seeds we all just acquired!

I just started planting mine three days ago and I already have germination on several! Hurray!

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(Many of the sprouts have white hairy mold on them, though. Suggestions?)

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What has germinated so far:
Cucumber - National Pickling
Broccoli - Purple Peacock
Cucumber - white
Cucumber - Straight 8
Leek - Varna (my own seed)
Brussel Sprouts - Long Island

Hurray!

Now feel free to post your own results below as you get updated results! A couple of you probably have half-grown plants already, don't you?

Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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jimard8
Mar 16, 2016 6:08 PM CST
Salad bowl Ultimate
Fi Bok Choi
Great lakes Type a
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Amaryllis , another Bok choi ans a Brussel sprout have also and are growing

In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Mar 16, 2016 6:12 PM CST
>> (Many of the sprouts have white hairy mold on them, though. Suggestions?)

I think anything that gives you less humidity right where the seedling is would help.

This is what I can think of:

- a small fan or a draft
- remove any humidity dome
- water less
- bottom water if you aren't already
- water only with dilute hydrogen per5oxide (0.1%. Make from 3% drugstore H2O2: 1 ounce per quart)
- if you;re watering with soemthing organic, leave the organic stuff out until the seedlings are mkuch larger.
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Mar 16, 2016 6:15 PM CST
Rick,

I'm concerned that if I take the humidity dome off for any real length of time, it will eliminate much of the greenhouse benefit of the seed starting kit. Thoughts?
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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jimard8
Mar 16, 2016 6:21 PM CST
Only other choice besides the HP and perhaps a mild plant soap , is to put the mix in a clear bag water it set it in sun , Eventually white hairy mold will grow itself out
I realize this is a next time suggestion ,Secondary , for memory ,
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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jimard8
Mar 16, 2016 6:39 PM CST
Here is white mold outside , only one that has it ,
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Here is an amaryllis
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I think these are a tatsoi and a Brussel sprout , tag underneath
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In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Mar 16, 2016 6:53 PM CST
DogsNDaylilies said:Rick,

I'm concerned that if I take the humidity dome off for any real length of time, it will eliminate much of the greenhouse benefit of the seed starting kit. Thoughts?



I guess the rule of thumb is that once "a few" seedlings emerge in a tray, it's better to remove the humidity dome since damping off CAN kill seedlings very rapidly. If your white hairy fungus is NOT killing seedlings, maybe it's harmless.

One approach is: "They haven't killed seedlings yet, so don't fix what isn't broken". But I've killed so many seedlings with damping off that my red flag pops up and my siren goes "Danger, danger, Will Robinson!"

I think the main downside of removing the dome would be that the peat balls will dry out faster. Could you balance that with more frequent waterings?

Another downside would be that the seeds would not stay as warm. Are you really relying on the Greenhouse Effect to keep seeds warm? I would think that ANY sunlight through a clear dome would over-cook most seeds.

(Uncovering after emerging is also a good idea because most seeds like more warmth when germinating, then more coolth to grow on, if you want them to grow short and leafy rather than as long-legged stems.)

Hmm, maybe for once I have a practical suggestion: can you move the sprouted peat balls to another tray, and leave that tray uncovered?

That way you would gain the benefit sought by those who try to put only very similar seeds into each tray. They don't have the option of removing each one as it sprouts, so they HAVE TO remove the dome for everything at the same time. Hence they want everything in one tray to emerge within a day or two of each other.
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
I helped beta test the first seed swap
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DogsNDaylilies
Mar 16, 2016 7:49 PM CST
Rick, I think I'll take your (great) suggestion of simply moving the few that are growing white fuzz. Doable, easy, practical, and probably effective. I like it. Thumbs up I suspect that atleast a few of the seeds in there will require a much longer incubation/germination time.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Mar 17, 2016 11:03 AM CST
>> practical, and probably effective.

Thank you, those are NOT my usual strengths!

I just couldn't think of anything elaborate and impractical this time!

Even once they are out of the 100% humidity, you might water them a few times with dilute4 hydrogen peroxide. That mold or fungus can't be very harmfull to the seedligns, or they would have fallen over already. But it couldn't hurt to chase it away faster.

P.S. If you have a little fan you could run briefly a few times per day,. that will make the stems grow stronger as well as reducing the humidity. I keep thinking about bringing home a small computer fan and wiring it up to provide a tiny breeze.
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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jimard8
Mar 18, 2016 10:59 AM CST
I00's of seedlings , some tags missing , some underneath ,
Delphinium in a Jug (red
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In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
Seed Starter Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Frogs and Toads Garden Procrastinator Cottage Gardener Birds
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jimard8
Mar 31, 2016 11:38 AM CST
several from the swap , I can put names to most if you want 20 's for temperatures are back shortly this coming week 70'and 60's now this week ,, Ridiculous temperatures here
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The last is some lettuce I did not add because I thought they were not any good any longer .. so much for thought
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Mar 31, 2016 12:05 PM CST
Nothing stimulates seed germination as much as thinking "these are too old to sprout!"
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
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DogsNDaylilies
Mar 31, 2016 4:32 PM CST
Mine are sprouting very well. I'm turning a fan on occasionally to try and prevent damping off. So far so good, I think, although a couple of cells do show signs of mold without growth yet, but the pepper seeds are slow starters, so I won't know for sure for another week or so, I think. Pictures soon.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Mar 31, 2016 4:36 PM CST
I sprinkle with cinnamon to prevent damping off
Southeast OK (Zone 7b)
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KarenHolt
Apr 1, 2016 8:27 AM CST
Hey everyone! These pics looks so nice Jimard. Well my ws'ing was pretty much a bust. We are definitely in spring and have been since Feb. I really think it was just way too warm here for ws'ing. But, I have gotten tons done garden bed wise. All of my beds have finally been built. I've spent the last month creating them and waiting on germination and growth. No germination or growth for the bulk of what I sowed but I still have another 2 weeks before I make a decision on how I want to proceed. Any of my bought seed is germinating and growing. The rest, not so much. It seems my older seed and plants I already had are growing very slowly. The best of my swap seed growing has been by far the purple ruffles basil. Which I'm tickled pink about. I do have a few of the snaps coming on. Maybe 5 of 10 or 15 seeds have germinated. Sadly, still waiting on salvia germination. I'm not giving up though. My older hostas are just now coming up whereas my 6 month old hostas I planted last year are up and beautiful. Same pattern with my trees and roses. Last frost was Monday for us however we have 36 deg temps tonight. This is the last cold snap we'll have. Chuck and I decided it's the little snaps like this that the plants are responding to so I'm not quite ready to give up on the seed I ws'd.


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This is one of my shade gardens I redid. It shows the newer hostas that have already come up. Yesterday I planted 3 new coral bells and replanted 2 old coral bells. The peach crisp corals did well this year. However, I did lose one in Feb during a snap. Sad I also added a couple of dazzler cranberry impatiens to that bed. It should turn out well. I only really have the back of the garden to plant and then reline the bed with rocks and mulch.

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This is the newest garden we made. Rachale and I hauled all the rock and got the bed filled with dirt from my veggie garden. I then planted my old hostas, a couple of ferns, and put in some of the impatiens I bought yesterday. I also had divided my black scallop ajuga from the back of my house and used it in this bed. I finished planting it yesterday. All it really needs is mulch. I'm holding off until the hostas establish a little better and I decided that I'm truly done with adding to this garden.


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This is the back of the house where I enlarged it, moved hostas, divided ajuga. I also planted some bronze leaf pink begonias. This bed waits on some of my winter sowed items so it will be in limbo for a bit longer.


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Chuck, CJ and I made this bed on Monday. It was supposed to be my hummingbird feeder spot but since I wanted all those planters, we came up with a better idea, lol. The purple ruffles basil will go in this bed when it gets bigger and I have some Irish Eyes rudbekia I'm waiting on to sprout. The irish eyes will go in the backdrop of this bed.


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This is some Kablouna calendula I received in a swap. Only 3 came up. I did go ahead and plant them in the bed behind the above picture. I went ahead and direct seeded some celosia yesterday since what I ws'd came and went, lol. If anything pops up from the winter sowing, I'll just add it here. I'm also going to put dreamland zinnias and who knows what else in this bed, lol.

While I'm sad about my ws'ing efforts, I'm not giving up. I'm tickled pink to see how everyone else's is doing. I do hope the germination begins on some of what I got here. It's all just a bit here and there. Hopefully there will be more than I expect this week. If not, I'll plow forward, lol.
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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jimard8
Apr 1, 2016 9:44 AM CST
Karen , that all looks very nice ,, !!!
Those are cold weather vegetables and herb above , so as far as flowers , I don't know how my efforts are as that ,
Lots of small plants here now though

Karen I glad to hear the Purple Ruffles Basil are growing for you , Here they love 80 -90 degree weather Takes more hot weather than we get here sometimes for them to grow properly . You might be correct though about it being to warm for you there , But seeds will often wait and come up and sprout when everything is even entirely wrong from what we are sure of for them
Wintersowing gets "off" here because of weather ,, it gets hot then freezes , the , like now we get long warmer times ,then this week we have three freezes coming in ,, kills multitudes of seedlings .. Grumbling

In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Apr 1, 2016 4:37 PM CST
My first year wintersowing was a bust too. Last year I only got 3 daylilies to sprout. This year is better but not even half of my containers are doing anything. So far I have salpiglossis, phlox paniculata, Lilium regale and daylilies up. I didn't really ws anything from the swap since I had seeds from a swap I did in 2014 that I'd never sowed. So don't give up! Some years are better than others I guess.
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Apr 10, 2016 5:43 PM CST
@DogsNDaylilies

I just planted a couple of Johnny-jump-ups in the backyard today. One was already blooming. Smiling

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Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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jimard8
Apr 10, 2016 5:49 PM CST
Tiny but pretty Smiling ,, yes they are Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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couple of bamboo indoors , with me ,,

In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
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DogsNDaylilies
Apr 11, 2016 4:04 PM CST
bxncbx said:@DogsNDaylilies

I just planted a couple of Johnny-jump-ups in the backyard today. One was already blooming. Smiling

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Oh, I should have warned you how well those grow, too! I just spread a bunch of seeds around one of my daylilies last year and they created a thick mat of violas. Beautiful, but definitely more than I expected. They grew REALLY well for me last year, so I hope they grow well (but not TOO well) for you, also! :)

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