Daylilies forum: Got my Lettuce Crispers today... and in the nick of time

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Name: Jeff
Newaygo, Michigan (Zone 5a)
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goedric
Nov 30, 2019 5:04 PM CST
Had some seeds that took it upon themselves to start germinating in the mail yesterday... so was happy to get my crate of Lettuce Crispers (my cheap solution for germination trays/domes). So, the trial run begins. Fortunately I learned there is a hydroponic/cannabis support store like 1/2 mile down the road... never realized it was there... but they had huge bags of vermiculite that all the garden centers we out of.

I think they will work well. They are bigger than I visualized... this one is sitting in a standard 1020 tray for scale. Nice and tall. Lots of room for media and growth.. the top and bottom sections are about the same size... they snap together if you care to do that but lay closed regardless. Will be easy to flip open the lids once they germinate and sprout.


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I was planning to use 50% vermiculite and 50% perlite as sterile media... but they were out of perlite until next week... so they will have to do with vermiculite

Gonna do a test run with (1) Pro-Mix BX, (2) Vermiculite and (3) 50/50 Vermiculite and Perlite splitting up 100 seeds randomly across the 3 treatments... all from the same cross... i put 50 seeds in this one but i think thats too many 30 would be a better number.

Then whichever seedlings look happier at the end of a month (or earlier if its apparent) will determine the approach to use for the other zillion in the fridge... will be a fun experiment.



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Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Nov 30, 2019 7:45 PM CST
Looks very clean and neat and healthy, Jeff. Can't wait to see the seedlings growing in there! I wish I had the room to do that! Hurray! Sticking tongue out Hurray!
I are sooooo smart!
Name: Jeff
Newaygo, Michigan (Zone 5a)
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goedric
Nov 30, 2019 8:14 PM CST
josieskid said:Looks very clean and neat and healthy, Jeff. Can't wait to see the seedlings growing in there! I wish I had the room to do that! Hurray! Sticking tongue out Hurray!



well.. i didnt have the room either so i put my elderly parents in a home and that freed up the space... haha just kidding... i'm lucky to have the room you are right... living rooms and bedrooms are optional right? LOL


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Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Nov 30, 2019 9:37 PM CST
Well, silly me turned my two bedrooms into craft rooms years ago, so still only a bit of room in the basement for baby daylilies.

But, I do ok. Thumbs up
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Name: Davi (Judy) Davisson
Sherrills Ford, NC (Zone 7a)
Davi
Dec 1, 2019 3:37 PM CST
Hmmmm....daylily roots go deep real fast....I think you have your container upside down. Fun to watch!
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Dec 2, 2019 7:53 AM CST
Maybe the set up is just for sprouting the seeds, then transplanting while they are still small? I have never used any domes, so I don't know.
Name: Jeff
Newaygo, Michigan (Zone 5a)
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goedric
Dec 2, 2019 3:52 PM CST
@davi
@seedfork

I am only sprouting in these... these are not domes they are cheap "crispers" . The bottom half and top half are exactly the same height. What I am using as the "top" is flat... the other side is indented to hold a head of lettuce.... i wanted any condensation to be uniform so I put the flat side up. So there is quite a bit of room for roots. That's why i was happy to find these... and they are cheap. Overall they are nearly 6" tall..... so 3" for roots, 3" for leaves

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Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Dec 2, 2019 3:56 PM CST
Yeah, it's kinda hard to see where the bottom is a black, deep pan.
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