A happy Mother’s Day to you. We celebrated Mother’s Day pandemic-style, with our offspring and their partners via a zoom brunch. It was a jolly online gathering.
Let’s move on to seed starting. With one exception, germination has gone well and the seedlings are healthy. We are growing Zinnias (3 varieties), Marigolds (2 varieties), Mexican Sunflower (species and 1 variety), ‘Italian White’ Sunflowers, plus several herbs: dill, cilantro, parsley, and basil (Thai and Genoese).
Now it’s time to start thinking about the timing of moving these plants outside. We’ve already moved the cilantro, dill, and parsley outside, where we also sowed seeds of each of these herbs.
So far this year there’s been one significant problem. Ironically, it’s been the Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia). We began with seed starting entirely because we lost our source for Mexican Sunflower plants.
Anyway, the seedling leaves were dying, first along the edges, then moving inwards from there. I was advised to raise the grow lights, but that didn’t seem to help. Ultimately I pulled all the seedlings and replanted. However, all the other plants seem totally healthy.
The Caladium bulbs arrived and were planted in pots. The bulbs are vastly cheaper than plants at a nursery. Now they sit on a heat mat on the back porch. Caladiums need warm weather to go outside so I hope I’ll be able to move them by the first weekend in June. Meantime Judy tolerates the mess I am making here.
Pretty much all the pots for the Front Garden this year will be filled with plants grown from seed. I did buy a couple of annual Salvia (Salvia farinacea) so there will be some blue to break up all the orange, red, and yellow.
Otherwise it will just be Zinnias and Marigolds, with some Sweet Alyssum for filler. Pretty basic, I admit. But Zinnias and Marigolds are awesome plants, it’s a mistake to turn one’s nose up at them because they are common.
For one thing, they are very popular with pollinators, including hummingbirds and butterflies.
I’m thinking we will move the Marigolds outside next weekend, then wait until the end of the month for the Zinnias and Sunflower. The Mexican Sunflower will go last, probably in early June.
Are you starting seeds indoors this year? Has your seed starting gone according to plan?