Seed Starting Developments
Well, the seed starting is coming along nicely, not withstanding one unfortunate mishap.
I’ve planted 3 varieties of Salvia: ‘Big Blue’, ‘Victoria’, and ‘Victoria Blue’. ‘Big Blue’ and ‘Victoria’ germinated at a pretty strong rate, and last weekend were big enough to be thinned.
Somehow I got the idea that a grapefruit spoon would be a good tool for thinning. I was wrong. Fingers seem to work best. Judy hates it when I thin plants, she always refers to it as “the massacre of the innocents”.
The one mishap occurred when I distractedly pulled out all the tiny seedlings of ‘Victoria Blue’. Don’t ask how I managed to do that. I compensated by filling those cells with ‘Big Blue’ seedlings I had pulled out of other cells. So I guess I won’t have any ‘Victoria Blue’ this year.
Aside from that little glitch, I’m feeling pretty good about potting up my home-grown Salvias later in the year.
This past weekend I also planted Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) ‘Torch’ and ‘Sundance’, as well as ‘Italian White’ Sunflower (Helianthus annuus). This coming weekend I’ll be planting lots of Zinnias!
I noticed that seed packets don’t always agree on how to sow the same kind of seeds. Burpee’s said I should just barely cover the Mexican Sunflower seeds with planting mix, but Johnny’s Select Seeds says to plant them an inch deep. I pretty much split the difference.
Anyhow, I’m having fun with starting my own seeds, and looking forward to many more seedlings to come.