Today will be a big day for the seedlings. After some really cold and windy weather, we will be getting up into the 70Fs and maybe even the 80s for the next week. Our normal temps this time of year are in the 60Fs, so I'd better take good advantage of all the sun and the warmth. It is time to get those warm weather seedlings out to see the sun.
I have a few partial flats of seedlings still going under the lights. Above are the flowers and herbs. From left to right we have: borage, basil, flat leafed parsley, State Fair zinnia, and Ground Control marigolds. I like being able to take out the blocks that don't germinate.
The New Zealand spinach isn't coming up. I'm wondering if it is one of those plants that need to be nicked to germinate in a reasonable time. They have a pretty hefty seed coat. Has anyone grown these before?
My peppers were germinated in paper towels. Most of the seeds that were transferred came up. Just a couple decided not to after sending out roots. Currently I have them labeled with color coded toothpicks.
My tomatoes are doing well. This is the first flat of them. I only have three along the middle because the lights they are under are not very wide. They only have an eight inch reflector and the ones on the outside rows were leaning in way too much. Three rows works well for the narrow lights. The lights with the twelve inch reflector seems to be working well with the whole width of the flat (the peppers and flowers). Maybe I should buy a few more of those before they disappear from the store.
This is the second partial flat of tomatoes. I'm labeling these with my old Popsicle sticks. I germinated these with paper towels too. Though one of my Amish paste never came up the rest are doing well. The Opalka and the San Marzano still have one or two missing but they have just been put into the blocks since they germinated later than the rest. I was going to put the descriptions of all the tomatoes in this post, but I've decided that I would rather have it in a separate post for my own info. I tend to forget things and want all the information easy to find.