I’ve been growing my vegetable seeds inside under grow lights, and everything is growing great so far. Right now I have tomatoes, lettuce, peas, peppers, brussels sprouts and broccoli started. It’s been in the 60’s recently, so I started taking them outside to start acclimating/hardening off.
- 3/24/17: 20 min; sunny; 70° F; windy
- 3/25/17: 10 min; cloudy; 55° F; windy
- 3/26/17: 45 min; cloudy; 65° F
You can tell I’ve never done this before by the way I keep ridiculous notes on things.
My Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) seeds that I planted last week are also doing great. All of them are up and have two tiny oval leaves. I think I may have planted a few more midweek. Most of the peat pots in the top tray above are A. tuberosa.
I tried germinating some other native Ohio wildflowers that need stratification using the water/hydrogen peroxide method. Some germinated, most didn’t.
Did not germinate:
- Hibiscus laevis (Rose Mallow)
- Vernonia missurica (Missouri Ironweed)
- Eupatorium maculatum (Joe Pye Weed)
- Geranium maculatum (Wild Geranium)
- Silene regia (Royal Catchfly) – ALL germinated!
- Liatris pycnostachya (Prairie Blazing Star) – a whopping 1 germinated
I threw some random seeds from an Echinacea mix in, too. There were 3 or 4 from that that germinated. Pretty sure 1 was butterfly weed. So any of the above that germinated are all potted up now, along with a few more butterfly weed.
And here’s my current view because it’s pretty: