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Re: Adventures in seed sowing

I've used both the pots and the buttons - things I got from markdown bins.
Either is ok, but I usually prefer to use the APS units.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: "Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2004 2:21 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Adventures in seed sowing

> A friend sent seeds of the allspice tree [Pimenta dioica] and I
> recently saved seeds from a papaya [Carica papaya "Caribbean Red"], and
> since both are tropicals--and tropicals have notoriously short-lived
> seeds--I decided to sow them today.
> At the beginning of last season [that means when the northerners began
> to arrive in late October 2003] I purchased one of those six packs of
> 10-compartment peat pots at Home Depot. Two weeks ago, I used the last
> one to sow "Emperor" lychee seeds.
> Today, when I went fetching for more peat pots I drew a blank at all
> garden departments and stores and plant nurseries within a 30-mile
> radius. Finally had to settle for those compressed pots, those buttons
> that are about the size of a poker chip. I wasn't forced to buy one of
> those "seedling greenhouse" kits, thankfully; found a nursery that
> more-or-less sells the compressed pots by handful--7.5 cents each.
> But, anyway, now I remember why I prefer the peat pots. These buttons
> are really time-consuming to get ready to use. Guess I'll buy three or
> four of those peat-pot six packs next October.
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4
> Zone 10a
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
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