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Sep 27, 2017 3:33 PM CST
|I planted my seeds on Sept 18th, and so far I am having great luck with them, I still have several starter trays that have not sprouted. On Sept 22nd I noticed my first sprout. I went out and got me a grow light and got it hung up, now I have lots of sprouts with some being a couple inches long. I am hoping some or all will bloom next year.
Sep 27, 2017 3:50 PM CST
Sep 27, 2017 8:27 PM CST
Sep 28, 2017 3:37 AM CST
|They look great, Catherine!
Mine aren't as far ahead as yours but they are in pots outside in the North of England so some of them probably think that they are still in the fridge. Got sprouts on a good number though.
I am experimenting this year, the seed from Kid went out in pots straightaway as they had been stratified already and were showing some sprouting.
Some of the seeds from Valerie @touchofsky have also gone outside but without being stratified (chosen the older, hardier Siloams to try this with, Valerie, so that I could try the same seed crosses using both methods) and the rest are in the fridge and I plan on stratifying those and then sowing them in spring in pots outside and then seeing what works and what doesn't here.
I have set up rain cover sheets and any ones that have sprouted go into the cat run at night to protect them from slugs and snails (the massive amount of rain this year has caused the numbers to explode!)
Bought some copper tape to put around the legs and shelf edges of the little shelving unit that they are on but I found in the past when I started sowing a lot of Zinnia seeds that the best deterrent for slugs and snails is ladies' hair nets stretched across seed pots/trays so I am going to try and make a system that will work with the smaller pots.
Edited to correct name--sorry Catherine!
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