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chrissyboi

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Germination in general
« on: February 01, 2019, 02:58:26 PM »
Hi, now that I am being (pleasantly) overwhelmed by the results of seed exchanges (many thanks to donors however small), I do not have time to research germination methods for 200+ seeds. In previous years my method has been to soak (irises and similar), sow on surface of JI soil-based No1 (they might be growing in there for a while until i can prick out, having a day job is such a nuisance. So larger seeds get pressed into the top hi layer of compost for uniform moisture. Most others (pulsatilla, primulas, lilies, corydalis, arisaema, alstroemeria, fritillaries and so much more) get sown on the surface (and alstroemeria soaked and pushed down). All are then covered in 5-10mm ofhh grit, put outside in a drafty cold frame and left to it. This works for a lot of species but I also read that mecanopsis and some pulsatillas like room temperature, and there is so much on Liliums - immediate hypogeal, delayed hypogeal etc etc. For the quantities I'm after (personal use and the odd spare for eBay, am I doing ok? The one luxury I have is lime and refuse to fill my fridge with "baggies" of vermiculite when there's a whole natural climate cycle outsideand 😜🤣

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Re: Germination in general
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2019, 03:24:13 PM »
Thatís the way I do mine.
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Re: Germination in general
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2019, 04:49:21 PM »
Thanks David, that's going to save a lot of calendars, notebooks, thermometers and room for butter and milk

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Re: Germination in general
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2019, 05:58:50 PM »
But don't throw away your notebook!  Do keep records. You will never regret it.

I would suggest putting it all in the computer on a spreadsheet or some such, so it will be easily searchable in the future.  Devise a system and stick to it.  For instance, when you input data, decide once and for all if you will use the full genus name or just an abbreviation when you type a taxon name.  That way, when you search for something in the future, you will get all the relevant results.

If you think you're just going to remember, you're kidding yourself.  We've all found that out the hard way  by forgetting to label our pots, packets or baggies!
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Re: Germination in general
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2019, 08:32:10 PM »
I find that meconopsis seeds germinate just fine if placed outdoors in the cold. They germinate when the temperature rises in spring and are sturdier, having grown in cool temperatures. The important thing is to sow very thinly and allow the seedlings to grow on in the same pot, planting them in individual pots when a bit bigger.
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