Seed Trading forum: 2012 Hog Wild Seed Swap - Thread #6

 
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ImageMistirose
Mar 9, 2013 11:38 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
posted this cute tutorial on the chat thread but check this out http://witandwhistle.com/2011/04/19/diy-garden-markers/

Also at what point does head lettuce head? I have two lettuces I planted from a store bought package of Ice burg lettuce and its looking like pretty good size leaf lettuce. Blinking
Imagebitbit
Mar 9, 2013 3:23 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Misti, head lettuce starts out leafy, then the middle leaves will turn in to form a head. I'm not sure there's a specific timescale, since it will depend on growing conditions, but perhaps your plants just aren't mature yet.

When you say "store bought package" do you mean commercial seed, or that you replanted the stumps after you made your salad? I've done the latter with Romaine but never a heading type, so I'm not 100% sure it will form a new head... but I don't see why not Shrug!
Imagebitbit
Mar 9, 2013 3:34 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
And my turn for a question. Of the seeds I started on 2/16, the only ones that haven't germinated at all are Rudbeckia, asparagus, sunroot and Passiflora. I started asparagus from seed last year, and think I remember it being pretty slow, but the rest are new to me. Do you guys find that they do better with special conditions, or are they just pokey?

I didn't wintersow anything - too late a start for my mild climate. They're all in containers near a south-facing window, loosely covered for a balance between air exchange and moisture retention. I still have seed from all of them, so if there's another way they prefer to grow, I can make another attempt. Wintersowing is even more out of the question now, though - we may well be past our last frost.
ImageMistirose
Mar 9, 2013 5:58 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
commercial seed Bit. I will run out and grab a pic
ImageMistirose
Mar 9, 2013 6:07 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
here they are

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ImageCCvacation
Mar 9, 2013 6:48 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
bitbit wrote:...you replanted the stumps after you made your salad? I've done the latter with Romaine...


Whoa, hold the phone... You mean all those Romaine stumps I toss could root and grow more lettuce? *Blush*
CC
Imagebitbit
Mar 9, 2013 6:51 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I'd say it just hasn't headed yet.

This is an image of a field of immature Iceberg lettuce: http://previews.agefotostock.com/previewimage/bajaage/7608cb...

They have a lot more leaves than your plants, but still no distinct head, so it looks like you might have a while to wait. You can harvest some outer leaves without doing harm if you're getting anxious.
Imagebitbit
Mar 9, 2013 6:57 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
CC, yes indeed!

This picture isn't the greatest, but it's my windowsill collection a couple weeks ago.

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There are two Romaine stumps in the low container near the middle. The darker green bits sticking up above the rest are new growth since I cut the leaves off for salad. I started them in water, but they've since been moved to containers with soil. I tip my hat to you.
ImageMistirose
Mar 9, 2013 7:01 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
wow I wouldnt imagine it would look like that for so long. thank you Bit
Imagebitbit
Mar 9, 2013 7:10 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I don't know for sure, but that's my best guess... I typically grow leaf lettuces, because I'm impatient, and because we have two short seasons for lettuce in my area rather than one long one - summer is too hot and winter is too cold. I have managed to overwinter lettuce under cover, and have some Iceberg seeds from this year's swap, so I'll likely be experimenting with that next winter Thumbs up

Even though you're in a mild climate, plants slow down a lot over winter. Temperature is a factor, but there's also a lot less light. Your days to maturity may end up being much more than advertised, but hopefully growth will pick up once spring hits.
ImageMistirose
Mar 10, 2013 11:28 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
yea they hung in there all winter, even through a couple of snows. We will see what they do. Thumbs up
ImagePatti1957
Mar 11, 2013 5:38 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
I am going to lock this thread so everyone head on over to the Chat thread to continue chatting and posting your great pictures.
http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/73791/

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