keystone's blog: Seed Starting Time!

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 10:26 AM

<p>Started the first Schlumbergera seedlings of the year lastnight!  It's a cross of Beach Dancer X a rounded white that I found at Lowe's last year.  I suspect that the rounded white MIGHT be Bridgeport, but I'll have to wait and see when it blooms this year.  I remember I bought it precisely because it WAS so rounded, and you don't normally see Schlums like that. It also had a ragged edge. </p>
<p>I've decided I like the rounded petals on the Schlumbergera flowers rather than the pointy ones.  And I don't care for those flowers that are so reflexed back that they look like they are screaming.   However, neither of these traits is really a deal breaker if the plant and flower overall is unique and a good grower.</p>
<p>On another note, my husband and I built a PVC plant stand this past weekend, and it turned out pretty nice!  I have it in the dining room, and because I have a limited area in that space, I had to make one that uses 24" flourescent shop lights.  Well, good luck finding those!  Thankfully, my husband is an electrical genius!  I bought a couple of 24" lights that were supposed to be surface mounted, and he felt sure that he could wire them to be plugged in just like a regular flourescent shop light fixture. Mission accomplished.  The nice thing about this is: instead of the 8 or 10 inch cord that you normally get with a light fixture like that, he is putting much longer cords on them to accomodate the trip from light to the power strip.  </p>
<p>Onward and upward!</p>

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