Winter Sowing forum: What should I do? Or should I do nothing?

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Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Feb 27, 2017 9:39 AM CST
I wintersowed many seeds this past January. We've had lots of ups and downs with the temperature but it has been very mild the last couple of weeks. I checked my containers this weekend and I have five with sprouts. The temperature dipped last night but I left them all outside because it wasn't supposed to (and didn't) get below freezing. But now they say that by the end of the week we'll be flirting with freezing temperatures for at least a couple of days. Should I bring them inside? The sprouts are tiny so I don't want them to freeze and die. I don't really have room for them indoors under my grow lights so at best they'll be on a cool windowsill with indirect light.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Feb 27, 2017 6:39 PM CST
If you did not sterilize the potting soil, you run the risk of them dying of fungus inside a warm, humid, home. I'd leave them outside and close the jug and cover at night. If it's really really cold, cover with something heavy like a quilt, if only slightly below freezing a sheet will probably suffice. Uncover in the morning when temps are above freezing.

Karen
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Feb 27, 2017 6:49 PM CST
Thanks Karen! I tip my hat to you. I haven't opened any of the jugs yet because most only have a couple of sprouts.

We've been having weekly rainstorms (which beats last year's drought) and are supposed to get a thunderstorm midweek before the temps drop. The jugs are pretty humid but I've never had any damping off. I honestly don't think the jugs get all that warm since they only get morning sun.

Luckily for me the cold weather should arrive for the weekend. I can cover them up Friday night & wait until the temps rise before uncovering them. I don't know why I didn't think of that. I always cover plants in the Fall when we get a cold snap. Never thought to do it in the Spring!
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter
Echinacea Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Ohio Region: United States of America Butterflies Hummingbirder
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kqcrna
Feb 27, 2017 6:52 PM CST
Lots of wintersowing purists wouldn't cover them, but I think it's common sense. I've done it for years and years and it works like a charm. Thumbs up

Karen
Name: Meri Taylor
SD (Zone 4b)
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mnmat
Mar 27, 2017 12:25 AM CST
Did you save the seedlings? If so, what did you do?
Meri

Marry
Mar 27, 2017 1:14 AM CST
Hi , all use EPS as a seeding tray.It is really an ecofriendly product at low cost.It is a recyclable product with better quality.So I recommend this as a seeding tray. EPS is a Thermal insulation material.By using EPS we can protect our seeds.
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Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Hybridizer Peonies Vegetable Grower
Seed Starter Organic Gardener Composter Container Gardener Spiders! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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bxncbx
Mar 27, 2017 4:29 AM CST
Meri I did lose some seedlings despite covering all the jugs with a heavy blanket. But I'm happy to report that I still have seedlings in all the containers! Hurray!

Once the snow/ice hit I didn't bother covering them because they were insulated. The only other thing I did which I think helped was I moved all the jugs with seedlings much closer to the house. This helped them warm up faster than if I'd left them in the yard.

Marry
Mar 28, 2017 11:21 PM CST
Exactly Elena, Insulated seeding tray's is very help for propagating vegetables and flowers and other plants from seed. Thumbs up If u want more details about this visit nppf dubai.com

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