JMO...but right now is a good time for people in the northern states. The warmer parts of the country can plant anytime and will get plants bigger, faster. Just make very sure that you sterilize the soil. I pour boiling water over mine and then let it drain well. Squeeze excess water out. That will help prevent fungus gnat eggs from hatching and ruining the seeds and will also help prevent the fungus that causes damp off.
I would put them in a pot after soaking them for a couple of days. The heavy corky layer can be peeled off, but it isn't necessary. Lay them on top of the sterile soil and just press them hard enough to make very good contact, but not cover the seeds. Put the whole pot in a plastic bag and tie it shut to keep critters out. Set the pot in bright light, but not sun as it will cause a greenhouse effect with the plastic over it and cook the seeds. Once the seeds start growing their true leaves, you can give them a little fresh air, but don't just remove the bag. I usually open it a little the first day and open it totally the next day. After that, you can probably take it off okay or do it in stages by lower it a little each day until the seedlings are totally exposed. Don't overwater. Seeds like to germinate at 68 to 72 degrees best. Normal house temps work very well. I never put my seeds or cuttings on any kind of heat. If they were in a greenhouse that was cool at night, I might change my ways.
Hi Angie, and
I just planted some Brug seeds a couple of days ago. Same basic method as Shirley said, minus the bag. I usually end up removing the bag too fast so I stopped using one. Although I'm now thinking about turning an old 10 gallon fish tank upside down over them, we had really good results with that last year with some Datura seeds.
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Lynne, how about putting the aquarium on it's side & hang a piece of plastic across the opening, sorta like a curtain? You could flip the plastic up & out of the way when you want to access the inside, rather than having to lift the whole aquarium.
BTW, your Time & Temp indicator is flashing ERROR !! But then...so is mine!
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Patrick, good idea, it would certainly make it more easily accessible.
I did something similar to that last year during winter, only with a 5-shelf shelving unit. I covered the back and sides with plastic, then attached a clear shower curtain to the front. It worked pretty well for small plants, but I didn't have it against a wall or anything and eventually it was blown over by wind. After that, I kept it laying down, put the plants inside and used the shower curtain as a top, lol.
I already know there's no way I'm starting as many seeds this year as I did last year, that was just too insane. (I should rephrase that... I'm trying to refrain from planting as many seeds as I did last year, it was a bad idea to start that many.) Since we don't have too much cold to deal with anyway, I'm working on an idea using tarps to create a tent-like structure for the really cold nights. But we have a while to go before we get there, we're still hitting mid to upper 80s during the day.
The error must have been something with the wunderground website... right now it's telling me it's 72 here and 64 there... the other day it was trying to tell me that it was 0 here! LOL
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How innovative, Lynne & Patrick. Both ideas are so clever. I don't have a large aquarium but for those that do it should work great and the shelving unit, Lynne, on it's side with a cover is just enough, I'm sure on the few cold nights we have in our warmer climates. Boy, this is a crafty group!!
I have several aquariums that I plant Plumeria seeds in. Two of them I put the seeds directly into potting mix in the bottom of aquarium and another I place the pots with seeds into--all are covered (on top) with a hard substrate to keep moisture in--mist as needed for the moisture. 1 is is direct sun, 1 in shade and 1 in a screened room and they all do equally well. I have not tried this on brugs but works on Gardenia cuttings very well and some others I have trialed
May try a few brugs to see how they do when plummies are ready to come out of one. I figure basically it it acts as a "Hothouse" and will stimulate growth alot more.
Ok, the tank idea, in practice.
Last night the weather peoples told us it would be getting down to the upper 30's, eeesh, sudden drop, lol. (It didn't go below 50 though, yay! But still, brrr....)
In prep for the cold, and to protect the cuttings from the wind, very windy all night and today too, we brought out the big tank. It's not a 10 gallon, it's actually 4 feet long, about 20 inches tall and about a foot wide, laying it on it's side, the foot becomes the height.
So here we are all covered up. Not a plasic shower curtain, just trying to protect from wind, not so much the temperature. The little tank in front is a 10 gallon, we used it for the next group of Brug seedlings. They just started popping up last week.
And, when I pulled the cover back a little to let some light in this morning.
I'm planning on opening it up completely in a little while, the curtain is just thin cloth, so it really shouldn't be that much of a change. After they've had a chance to adjust to that for a bit, I'll take them out for their daily dose of sunlight.
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Gosh, Lynne, what a novel idea. I thought it was clever when you described it a few weeks ago but seeing it really shows what a neat idea it is. The plants inside look awesome! They seem to be well adapted to their little aquarium greenhouse.
It's a little short for some of them, their leaves end up pressed against the top glass, but since it's only for a bit of protection at night, I'm hoping it'll be ok. Each morning, around 8, I flip the curtain back to let in the light, around 8:30, I open it up completely. Then around 9, we put them in trays and move them out to the sidewalk for early morning sun. This is also when we check the ones still in clear plastic cups for roots. Once they have a few roots showing along the sides of the cup, I'm moving them into 4 inch pots. Somewhere between 10 and 11, the larger leaves on a couple of them start to droop a little and that's my sign to move them back into shade, beside the tank in the driveway. Before the sun goes down, they go back in the tank and get covered for the night, guess you could say I'm tucking them in and telling them goodnight, lol!
The newest seedlings, so far there are 7, I say "so far" because some still have hats on, the seed coat. I've been unsuccessful in the past with helping them get it off, so my best bet is to wait and see if they start, then I may be able to help them let their hair down.
Jarie, 6 of these 7 are yours, CG x Ecuador Pink. I finally planted those seeds and at the same time, a few of my own, CG x Insignis Gold... that reminds me, I should get pictures of the other seedlings, they've grown a lot.
Wayne, I'm sorry someone sold you Datura seeds as Brugs, it seems to happen quite often though. I think it's that whole confusion thing with which one's an "Angel's Trumpet." If you want to try Brug seeds (real ones, lol!) keep an eye out. I'm really getting into the mixing and matching, match making, and any seeds I come up with, I'm going to grow a few (ofcourse, at least as long as we have room) but I'd rather them go to people here, who will let me know how they're doing, than to some stranger I'll never hear from again.
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