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Re: Re: HYB: seed germination


I started a second chilling cycle yesterday, I threw the whole burito
outside where the temps are still touching 00C at night.  This will
hopefully speeden germination.  I'd like to avoid late fall germination
because the seedling will never make it through.

How and when do you fertilize your seedlings ?


Linda Mann wrote:
> Chris - only one of my crosses (the only SDB X TB pod) germinated in the
> fridge.   Those are the biggest babies now - enormous! <g>
> I was trying to hustle mine through more than one chilling cycle over
> the winter, so didn't leave any in the fridge for consecutive 3 months
> this winter.  The cumulative germination was about the same after two
> short cycles of chilling as if I'd just left them in for three straight
> months, but this way, I do have one early batch of seedlings that are a
> lot bigger than the second batch.  Many more germinated in the second
> batch (2 chilling cycles) than the first .
> The disadvantage to this is that the later ones are a month behind where
> they would have been if I'd let them chill for three months instead of 2
> months, then a month out of the fridge, then another month back in the
> fridge.
> The advantage is that they aren't all ready to plant at the same time
> <g>
> Time will tell whether or not there will be another flush of germination
> now that they are outdoors getting some additional chilling.
> My overall germination rate is lower than what you have, but like you, I
> am thrilled to have such big seedlings this early in the year and
> delighted to actually get to see some of last year's seedlings forming
> stalks already.
> I did get 100% germination from one cross: reblooming seedling:
> and it germinated <g>
> I also planted 4 pods outdoors the 'normal' way.  The germination rate
> was a bit higher in 2 pots than the average for the indoor ones, lower
> in the other two.  As soon as these started coming up, I moved them
> indoors to the sun room, and with the extra warmth, I hope some of these
> will get big enough to line out before hot weather hits also.  Sure
> would be nice not to have to carry seedlings over through the summer in
> pots!
> --
> Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
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