Cottage Gardening forum: Seed Arrival -- Let's chat about it #6

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Jan 27, 2015 1:01 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Mistirose wrote:Did Jonna post any tips for germinating these Choc Cosmos?

Misti The only thing I can add is that the Cosmos needs light to germinate well. For the rest, just sow them as you sow any Cosmos.
Jan 27, 2015 1:49 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
I will be doing my Cosmos in vermicule in a container with a cover and put in my back yard [most sunlight]
as for the kitty thyme, I did let them "soak" in spit for about 4-5 hrs before sowing them. I'll report back when i get germination. They are in a flower pot, potting soil topped with vermiculite, not covered but in sunny location.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
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Jan 27, 2015 2:08 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
christine00 wrote:mistirose i had success with sowing them in vermiculite indoors, almost 100% germination Hurray!

Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Yay! Fantastic germination rate, Christine!!

Were they on a heat mat?

Jan 27, 2015 2:23 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ohh good info! Thank you Christine and Star.

Thank you Jonna, that is good to know!

Would love to know about the heat mat
Jan 27, 2015 2:51 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
not sure about winter sowing here, 60 yesterday, 70 today 76 tomorrow.... Blinking
Jan 27, 2015 2:56 PM CST
Name: Alana
Go Christine! That is fabulous success.
Jan 27, 2015 4:22 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Another new mama... Congrats Christine! Keep it up. Big Grin

Brrrrr. Just seen the weather forecast for next couple of days. More bitter cold freezing mornings. Was 25F here this morning. Made it almost to 55, but with the winds still so brisk, it like it is in the 40's.

I hope BlueSpiral and a few other piggies up that way are doing ok. News said right now that their areas are just about totally without power. I hope they are able to stay warm or able to go someplace to stay warm.

Jan 27, 2015 5:41 PM CST
Name: christine
mistirose, i did have bottom heat, only it was from a wood stove with a metal shelf suspended above n to the side Lovey dubby
Jan 27, 2015 5:44 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
christine00 wrote:mistirose, i did have bottom heat, only it was from a wood stove with a metal shelf suspended above n to the side Lovey dubby

Thumbs up Picture for us if you can, Christine. I've been toying with this idea for years.
Jan 27, 2015 5:51 PM CST
Name: christine
will see if i can get a decent picture tomorrow, but it is a very rustic looking rig Whistling Hilarious!
Jan 27, 2015 6:16 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Promise, I'm sorry I cannot help you with the Spigellia marilandica, I have never grown them from seed. I didn't even know where to look for seed until someone posted on ATP. Wait! I think Xeranthemum grew some from seed. Maybe I can find her post.

My suggestion would be to WS in vermiculite. Let me see if I can find anything.

Edited to add:

This is what Xeranthemum posted:

I've been doing some research and they need light to germinate and if planted really fresh they come up fast .. otherwise they apparently go into deep dormancy and require a 3 week chilling period. I started 12 of my seeds yesterday .. I'll keep you updated on how they do. I've got some on the surface and some barely covered.
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Jan 27, 2015 6:38 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
christine00 wrote:will see if i can get a decent picture tomorrow, but it is a very rustic looking rig Whistling Hilarious!

Rustic is my norm. Big Yellow Grin
Jan 27, 2015 7:59 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ok I can use a heating pad on low. I use it on high for my tomatoes and peppers.
Jan 27, 2015 9:29 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
I'm glad to see Andi has checked in and is doing okay with the storm; kind of strange that I am here with temps in the high 20's and low 30's (F) -- which is almost spring-like in my mind -- while the east coast is being battered. And I can't believe that there are actually people there who are complaining that the weather service and the local officials were too "alarmist" -- it was only because of the precautions they took that things got taken care of in good order! (Although I do agree the Weather Channel was a little "over the top" ...) Hope everyone else in the line of the storm is safe and sound!

Rustic is my norm too, Christine -- I'd love to see a photo of your setup! Although I don't have a wood stove anymore, this does kind of give me an idea... I use my over-the-range microwave, with the light turned on, for raising bread; can't wait to hear what DH says when he discovers a flat of planted seeds in there Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Jan 28, 2015 8:38 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Joseph, I have some hazelnuts planted in pots right now. They were from '13 swap but ended up in line for Sept. planting, so they are wintering over in the pots and I expect some sprouts this spring! Thumbs up I'll let you know how it goes.

FAITH over fear!

Jan 28, 2015 9:57 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Today is a major wintersowing day! The piggy and other seeds are ready, labels ready, containers ready (some outside, argh). I want to get my containers outside between storms. More snow is on its way. I have used my soda bottles. When I do more winter sowing, I will have to try vermiculite in cups in a clear tote like someone on the list.

Winston the pug is a happy camper. He is sleeping in his basket with his sweater on. It is a dogs life today!

Hope the piggies and their plants are surviving the winter weather. It must be a shock to those of you who had warm weather last week.

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Jan 28, 2015 10:15 AM CST
Name: christine
here are the pics of my shelves..Thumb of 2015-01-28/christine00/f0a6cb
Thumb of 2015-01-28/christine00/aa78a0
Jan 28, 2015 10:57 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
pmb2005 wrote:I'm wintering sowing right now and I'm worried about this Spigelia Marilandica I oinked from ArleneB. This plant is so precious, should I winter sow some of the seed and save some to plant when it warms up? Any help on growing this is appreciated!

I always try to reserve at least a few seeds of any type, especially the special ones, in case the first sowing doesn't germinate. I keep a separate section at the back the seed box for "seeds sown". I have sown duplicate containers in the past - oops. When you are a seed piggy, you have to try to keep your seeds organized or they will take over your barn!

Jan 28, 2015 11:15 AM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
I have to admit: we've been having lows in the mid-forties and highs in the mid-50s.

I think I saw a little frost a few weeks ago.

It's been a very mild winter here.

The totally amazing, astonishing thing is that we have seen that bright, round yellow thing in the sky several times this winter!! Whaddaya call it, "Sun"?
Jan 28, 2015 11:24 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I was curious about using christmas lights as heat for seedlings. Does anyone have a picture of their setup?

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