Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Friday, March 14, 2008

Gardening at night 

gardening at night

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Dorset Naga chili pepper germination: deluxe paper towel method 

No doubt about it, chili pepper seeds germinate quicker and at a higher rate with 6.0 pHed 100 ppm giberillin solution than with plain water when using the paper towel method. I used this method exclusively with 51 Dorset Naga seeds 10 days ago (2/26), as of today 46 have sprouted.

Side by side comparisons with many chili varieties showed similar results: greater than 90% germination a week or more earlier compared to about 75% germination with plain water. The most drastic example was with a variety I purchased on eBay as "Jamacian yellow Scotch bonnet": 8/10 in the group in giberillin solution had germinated by the 11th day, while 3/10 of those in plain water have germinated as of today, the 21st day.

The deluxe paper towel method:

paper towel method

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

A bit too patient ... 

I just opened up my container of apple seeds stratifying in the refrigerator since this past fall ...

apple seeds germinating

I intend to use some of these for bonsai.

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Maples and redwood today 

Started soaking 5 Japanese laceleaf maple and 5 Japanese red maple seeds today - in the refrigerator. Started soaking 64 coastal redwood seeds, at room temperature.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Hot chilis started 

Today, I began soaking some chili pepper seeds in 6.0 pHed 100 ppm gibberillan R/O water. Generally from hottest to mildest,

They will soak for a day after which I'll place them on paper towels in plastic containers. Hot chili peppers can take a lot longer than bell peppers to germinate. Out of the 12 tepin seeds I placed in paper towels 25 days ago, only two have sprouted.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Seed check-in 

For my "just soak them in giberillin solution and wait," I've moved four seeds of each species into rockwool cubes, two cubes/two seeds. Nothing sprouting other than ones I had to mark "??" as I didn't label them and I don't recognize them. They could be roma tomato all puffed up, but I believe more than the two would have sprouted by now.

The string beans got mushy.

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