Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 12, 2021 11:43:58 GMT -5
lilolpeapicker I just soak to speed up germination some. I never did an experiment comparing unsoaked seeds with the various soakings, except with the pepper seeds, and it made a big difference with those! Since I used to soak almost all of my seeds (at least pepper, tomato, and eggplant) the same night, and plant on 4-1, I'd use the saltpeter in all of them - it was the best for speeding up the peppers, and I'd just make a pint of solution up (just takes ½ tsp saltpeter to a pint).
A few years ago I tested a bunch of seeds with GA-3, to see if it helped germination, compared to water, saltpeter, and hydrogen peroxide, 1:32. Tomatoes maybe a day faster than water, but the same as saltpeter, it definitely helped eggplants, okra, parsley, basil, and coriander, but it delayed pepper seeds, even compared to plain water.
All but one of my varieties of tomatoes has come up - Amish Gold Slicer. I also have a generous number in a petri dish, hoping to see some sprouts, but none after 6 days.
lilolpeapicker, I've never soaked tomato or pepper seeds either but I usually sprout them on damp paper towels inside of sandwich bags and then set them in a warm place for a few days. I do soak large seeds like corn, peas, beans, etc... as it gives them a bit of a head start. This is my first year with spinach and I did soak them prior to planting and believe I had 100% germination.
martywny, I've had absolutely amazing germination with just about everything this year, which has led to an over abundance of tomatoes and sweet peppers. I had some really old seed from 2016 that did absolutely nothing and a variety of tomato grandma saved seed from didn't sprout either (it had to be from 2015 or prior). I'm going to try soaking some of the old tomato seed in H2O2 and see what happens. It's more of a curiosity for me as she liked it well enough to save the seed.
Post by lilolpeapicker on Apr 12, 2021 11:57:01 GMT -5
emmsmommy I just might try soaking the peas...need to get them in this week, and I am presprouting carrots....I don't know what I do to them but out of a 4' row I might get 1 or 2 to germinate. First time trying this but I love an experiment esp if it works out!!
Have a great gardening day! hoe, hoe, hoe Pea Upstate NY, zone 5
Might try selling any extras, like I do. Many people will even return the pots if you ask them to. Was at a local nursery and they say everything is selling out quickly, similar to last year. They haven't been able to get Promix, so they ordered a similar mix. I got the last three bags. It is cheaper even though the bags are slightly smaller.
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 23 little gardeners.
I do, and put it in the data base. Helps when figuring out what seed to re-order. Copies right onto my seed starting list so I increase the number of seeds planted as the germination rate goes down. The list is in order of planting date, for example-mid March or early May. When the germination rate the year before is low, I just dump the whole packet in and sometimes get a few. Of course it also leads to situations like when 0% germination old Paul Robeson tomato seeds changed their minds and I had over a hundred of them to sell and give away as bonus plants.
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 23 little gardeners.
lilolpeapicker, I planted all but one variety of peas in peat pots this year to get them growing sooner. The last variety I soaked and then drained the water off and put them back into the container I soaked them in with a damp paper towel. At that point, something came up and peas were forgotten about for two days. All but one had sprouted and I planted them in a large pot in the backyard. I may try soaking the carrots and parsnips as well it's my first year with both.
gardendmpls, Hubby and I have already discussed having a plant sale. Once mom and my aunt pick out what they want and I get the garden full, it's likely. We're leaning toward a roadside plant/yard sale to get rid of some of the store inventory too. Just not sure I'm ready to mask-up and take the plunge just yet.
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 13, 2021 6:01:05 GMT -5
Yesterday I filled up the few empty pots with some of the extra seedlings, trying to fill them with similar varieties. I made sure that I re-labeled them to avoid any future confusion! If I do eventually get a seed or two of the Amish Gold, I'll make up a couple of new pots.
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 16, 2021 14:48:25 GMT -5
I finally got one! A sprout of one of the Amish gold slicer seeds got a sprout on it! I planted it in one of the empty pots, of one of the peppers that still hasn't sprouted.
All the rest of the tomatoes are doing well, all with at least one set of true leaves, most more.
I felt sorry for all those tomatoes I saw at HD, when I was there today. I know most of them are not being bought by people who will protect them, when we get that inevitable frost in the next couple of weeks. I'll admit, the proverbial day to plant tomatoes around here - Mother's Day - is a little late, but these "average last frost dates" are simply that - average. But people run out and buy tomatoes, and many other things then.
pepperhead212 , I was at Home Depot the other day. All their plants are on carts inside the store, wherever they could find a place to put them. Some of the ones that had been set out in their "greenhouse" were covered. I wasn't even tempted to look.
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 16, 2021 22:23:53 GMT -5
Mumsey It's not quite that cold here, and HD has all those tomatoes, and other warm weather plants, out on racks that are not on wheels, or anything easily moved! I'm sure they could move them, but not quickly. It was 38° last night, but getting warmer, though the threat of frost is still there. I just bought more perlite, and some dolomite.
About next Wednesday the tomatoes and peppers are going outside. I have to raise the light every morning as they grow that much overnight! Same with the eggplant and parsley. Basil is starting to grow fast.
I always try to warn people about this big box store trick of putting out plants that can not be planted yet. People don't know and they plant them and the plants die and then they are back at the store buying more.