Stuff is happening in our basement that’s got me excited. The very first seeds of my very first attempt to start plants inside have germinated. So teeny, with their two cotyledons barely visible, but so cute!
These are two varieties of Salvia that are grown as annuals here in Chicago: ‘Victoria’ and ‘Big Blue’. Only thing is I may have accidentally dropped all the ‘Victoria’ seeds in one of the two cells intended for them. The seeds were really tiny, and I planted them by carefully shaking the seed packet.
Actually, only 4 cells all together have been planted. These Salvia varieties are supposed to take 2-3 weeks to germinate, but actually they’ve only taken a little over 7 days. Insidde, you’re supposed to plant them 6-8 weeks before the frost free date.
I bought a setup from Gardener’s Supply that has a total capacity of 48 cells. I bought the whole shebang: grow lights, heat mat, timer. Even a fan to keep the air circulating (well, the fan we already had). I know I could have done more of a DIY setup, but I figured this way would be quicker. Also, given that this was my first effort, I felt more confident by starting this way.
The rest of the cells will be filled in between next week and the middle of April. Another variety of Salvia (‘Victoria Blue’) will be planted in mid-March. Beginning of April will be Sunflowers and Mexican Sunflower. Finally, in mid-April the Basil and Zinnias get planted.
So far I’m having fun with our seed-starting experiment.