What Not To Do!
12 March 2011 15:20:31
I have been trying a few unusual seeds this year, including Leontochir ovallei. These seeds, sown on 27th January, need 10-14º to germinate so I put the pot in my 'cold room'.
But because the Leontochir was the only pot of seeds in the cold room, I must admit that I forgot to check them every day. This morning I was delighted to see that a single seedling had emerged. Obviously it had been up a few days as it was quite tall. So I removed the plastic.
But when I went back to check my precious seedling about an hour later, I was disgusted to see that the stem was broken. I guess the seedling had grown too soft in the moisture under the plastic to support its own weight. What a shame! I've resealed the bag in the hope that other seeds may also germinate but I am raging with myself!
So, the moral of that story is to check your seeds EVERY DAY and over the top and remove from the heat as soon as seedlings emerge.
But, on the bright side, two lots of the 'mixed Andean bulb seeds' have now germinated for me - Rhodophiala and Pastithea!