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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Apr 24, 2013 7:11 AM CST
After two seasons of apparent failure to germinate, I decided to watch these seeds closely this year to try to determine what is going on.

Seeds were started moist and warm 4 days ago. I expected to see sprouting action (if any Rolling my eyes. ) at the end of the seed, but the first thing I've noticed is that they're splitting along the long sides. Does anyone know if this seems normal, or should I start over?



I know that I could just wait and see, but I'm tossing the question out anyway. Big Grin
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LindaTX8
Apr 24, 2013 9:53 AM CST
I think that that's normal. Just judging by the seedlings I had. When they came up in their pots, the seeds there were attached at first with the pointed side up and the rest split over the seed leaves, so it must grow from the wider side.
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Apr 24, 2013 10:15 AM CST
Thanks, Linda! I'll watch these at least another day or two before starting any others.
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CarolineScott
Apr 24, 2013 10:24 AM CST
I'll have to take a magnifying glass down and inspect these-they are just sprouting under lights.

They sprouted with the seed attached----but then they just seemed to wilt ???

I am going to try another pkg, but keep them further from the lights.
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 5, 2013 5:15 AM CST
Yippee! I have at least one sprout! Hurray!
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Onewish1
May 5, 2013 5:18 AM CST

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Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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kqcrna
May 5, 2013 5:20 AM CST

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Thumbs up They're beautiful flowers, and the butterflies love them. I planted a hedge of them a few times.

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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 5, 2013 5:43 AM CST
That's neat, Karen!

I've had the orange blooms before...I'm just really excited about seeing this plant with yellow blooms! I'm really drawn to big yellow-flowering plants. Big Grin
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CarolineScott
May 5, 2013 8:34 AM CST
What a neat hedge! I have never seen tithonia grown like that!
Congratulations on the sprouts! Chelle!

I am trying again, but there are three sprouts standing--
since I moved them away from the lights.
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 5, 2013 9:26 AM CST
Can yours go outdoors yet, Caroline?

I have mine outside all day, then I bring them back under cover overnight.

It looks like our weather might be settled enough to plant them out pretty soon. Smiling
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CarolineScott
May 6, 2013 5:50 PM CST
Actually we are having a warm spell and I am slowly , but cautiously,
placing trays or basins of plants outside.
But might get a cold snap so we must be ready to bring them back inside.
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 6, 2013 6:42 PM CST
I guess we're supposed to cool way off this weekend, so I'll definitely wait till it's over before I plant this one out.

I'm not dragging the houseplants back indoors though, they're out for the duration. Whistling
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Joannabanana
May 22, 2013 5:51 PM CST
Funny story: A friend gave me some seedlings years ago and I didn't really know what they were. I put them in a window basket that hung on top my fence. An absolute ridiculous display and I was so embarrassed that I didn't take a photo to show where "not" to plant these. I love the foliage..very soft and velvety. I started some this year and lesson learned, they are planted in the ground, in a flower bed. I feel sorry for all the folks that drive by and see my poor choices of plant placement Rolling on the floor laughing
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May 22, 2013 6:06 PM CST

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how funny!!!
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CarolineScott
May 22, 2013 6:18 PM CST
Joanne does not have any poor choices of plant placement!
Every plant is well displayed in her garden.
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Joannabanana
May 23, 2013 7:43 AM CST
LOL Caroline, I do a blooper every year. That's the fun thing about starting seeds and trying different plants. I rearranged an entire flower bed last fall. I'm certain there will be a few odd placements in there once things start blooming.
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 23, 2013 8:13 AM CST
Odd Placements could be the name of my gardens. Hilarious!


I had just one sprout of the yellow Tithonia. I sure do hope it survives and prospers; it's been quite an adventure just getting this far. Whistling
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CarolineScott
May 23, 2013 10:23 AM CST
My tithonia just is not getting past the beginning of the germination stage so I will pick up plants.
My baskets and containers will be strange again this year as all my plants are from colour mixes.
And I was late starting seeds so I will be transplanting to containers---green.
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abhege
May 27, 2013 2:00 PM CST
My mother always said she likes all kinds of colors mixed because growing up during the depression they didn't have much color. So I never apologize for my color combinations! And i have some pretty wild ones Hilarious!
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LindaTX8
May 27, 2013 2:22 PM CST
Group hug I like that! I had parents who grew up during the depression also. My father actually taught me the literal meaning of "penny-pinching". Yes, if he offered a coin, we had to literally pry it from his fingers...until we were preteen age. I don't coordinate colors in my garden either. More because ADD impairs my ability to plan things than anything else.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad

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