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Re: CULT: germination & heat mats

Thanks Linda,

> from what I read, optimal germination temperature for TB 
> is around 50 to 60oF.

Sounds like the thermostat keeping temps lower might be 

>Assuming, of course, that all the inhibitors are
> out of the way and moisture, and maybe/probably gases 
(CO2 & ethylene),
> and maybe even nutrients (I read somewhere that nitrogen 
as nitrate (I
> think) helps break dormancy in some/many seeds) are 

Do you remember what strength solution or if one was 
given?  I haven't tried watering with any nitrogen enriched 
water.  Maybe some grains of that really high nitrogen 
fertilizer used on coastal sprinkled on the pots would 
shock some of those carry over seeds to germinate.

> >From other stuff I've read, it sounds like keeping the 
seedlings warm
> will accelerate growth & may be more important for 
speeding up
> generational turnaround than speeding up germination.

If I can protect them fromm grasshoppers and the late 
freeze, so far mine have done pretty well at providing 
bloom the following year after hatching.  That late freeze 
this year kept it from materializing on most of them, but 
the bloomstalks were there.  Probably worth trying on some 
though.  Some crosses seem to start slow and then never go 
on to grow.  Maybe an early push sooner after sprouting 
would get them over the hump and going.  

Donald Eaves
Texas Zone 7b,

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