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    SunshineNY6
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    How do you water your seed if you start them in peat pots?

    http://community.birdsandblooms.com/forums/t/306449.aspx

     

    Another informative thread to add to this post.


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    wilderness_NY_Z4
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    Wendy you are on top of things as usual.


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    OK Molly I am improvising again.  I don’t have a fish tank available so decided I could make a cutting tank from this jug.  Do you start your cuttings in the greenhouse or in the house.  I assume you don’t have them on heat at it won’t come through the bottom of the fish tank.  How much starting medium to you put in the tank.


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    I have about 6″ of potting medium in the bottom of the tank, it is in the greenhouse with no bottom heat.  Some things root quite fast like the euphorbia, coleus etc. But the hibiscus take longer. During the summer and into the fall almost everything roots faster but right now I have it full of hibiscus cuttings. Today I had to cut back more hibiscus and can’t resist starting them so I put them in deep 6 packs with the same rooting medium, dipped in 10% Dip ‘n Gro, with a big dome over the top. This sits in front of the heater so I will have to keep track of the water in there.


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    wilderness_NY_Z4
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    Thanks Molly.  You are bad but I know the feeling just can’t throw anything green away.  In fact can’t throw anything away that might turn green.


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    I have another question. I started my Passion Flower Seeds today.  BTW, there were exactly SIX seeds in the pack.  Wow.  Anyway since the book says it takes these 30 days to germinate I decided to put them in a container by themselves with a clear plastic lid on top (soil already moist) Now instead of putting this one container on the heating pad I put it on to- of my water heater.  That’s probably just as warm as the heating pad I think  Buutt  there is next to no light in that corner of the utility room.  Will this matter?


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    It won’t need light until it sprouts UNLESS they said not to cover the seed. Seeds that you don’t cover with soil needs light to germinate.

    Kathy


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    Gayle
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    This was one plant where the seed book didn’t say anything about cover or not cover with soil .  But the pkg said to plant 1/4″ deep (outside) so I guess they don’t need light.  Thanks


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    SunshineNY6
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    Bumping for new seed starter ers.  I hope to finally get going this weekend.


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    This post is so helpful!  I’ll be planting the last of my flowers for the year this weekend then won’t do anything until the first weekend in MArch and that will be my tomatoes!  I have several varieties.  I like some of the names . . they intrigue me . . like the New Yorker or my favorite The Bloody Butcher!  Where do they get these names!  Of course paying attention to the maturity date is as important too!


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    wilderness_NY_Z4
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    Well guess I will do some more improvising today.  Just filled the last 6 seed trays that I use for starting my seed and will plant in them today.  Have been racking my brain trying to think of what else I could use until more arrive which won’t be before the end of next week.  There sitting on my counter was the answer.  I save the containers that suet cakes come in to make my own suet.  They are a little shallow but should work.  Guess I will be busy punching holes in the bottom of them today.


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    OK for markers I’ve been using tongue depressors from the Drs. office.  Since DD has been going so much lately I asked the Dr. if I could just snag about a dozen.  He handed me a handful!  I cut them in half and print on them what the flower/plant is.  I can use them next year if I grow the same thing . . I can alsi keep them and write on the other side.  Now I may have to put the year or scribble out the other side but it helps save a little $$


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    I have been saving my pudding/jello cups and yogurt cups too!  They seem to help but in a pinch I can pick up from styrofoam cups from Dart.  We have a plant here and they sell them pretty cheap!   500 of the small ones for $1.00! 

    I do have a lot of people now here at work bring me their containers!  I have raspberry/blueberry ones, ypgurt, jello cups, styro cups,  even some of those Smart Ones too!  The word will get around!


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    wilderness_NY_Z4
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    I use all sorts of containers to transplant into but in rather fussy about what I start my seed in.  I like to make rows and plant them all nice and neat so the seed starting trays I use are 5X7 and 6 fit into a flat.  I guess it is just something from being in the business.  I have some plug trays left from when I owned the greenhouse but they hold so many seed that I don’t start that many of any one kind so they waste space which is something I don’t have a lot of.


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    Kathy
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    Bette I saved my suet containers so I could use them when I started making my own also. Last year in a pinch I used them to start some seeds. Great minds think alike, lol.

    I had started so many seeds last year that I was using evrything in a pinch…Kim I had to end up using tongue depressers as markers too but if you put them outside to mark the plant the black marker washes away after a couple of rains….Kathy


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