Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Baby Plants, Baby!
Back here, The Boy and I planted a bunch of seeds in our newspaper pots and as promised, here's an update! Well... some are growing. So far basil, 2 types of tomato, mesclun, cilantro, spinach, zinnia, snapdragon, cosmos, marigold, nasturtium, and a flower garden mix have all germinated and are growing nicely.
Still nothing from the cucumber, rosemary, petunia, ageratum. All of these are older seeds, so naturally they will take longer to break out of their seed coats... We quickly planted them without special treatment, so I may have to crack open my propagation book to see if any need to be coaxed into germinating. The petunia seeds are an experiment. I harvested them myself eons ago so I have no idea if they're even viable. We'll just have to wait and see...
The little plants are so cute. So fragile and green. At this stage, once you've got actual green babies on your hands, you have to be careful not to over-water them. You don't want them "damping-off", dear no. Damping Off is a collection of sly, shifty, and pretty much invisible fungi that flourish under warm, moist conditions and will kill new little plant babies if given the chance. How rude! Germinating seeds have to be kept moist it's true, but once germinated, ease off on the watering and the seedlings should be fine.
Here's the link to my handy newspaper pot plant video again in case you missed it the first time.
Edited to Add: Please note that I've used black and white newspaper to make the pots as black ink is made of soy and safe to use around edibles. Coloured newspapers should be avoided as the ink may contain some toxins.
Have a brilliant day!