Snow but Seeds Grow Indoors

It’s no picnic. At Plant Exchange Blog, nearing mid- April, we’ve received lots of snow!

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However, snow on the yet dormant native plum and fence is beautiful.

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Even the Eastern red cedar gets a fine dress.

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Indoors, we see progress in seeds we have started for transplanting into the garden or containers in a month or so.

Here we start seeds for a variety of flowers and vegetables that require that extra time to grow to maturity within this growing season. If plants can be direct seeded into soil, we tend use that method. With zinnias, for example, some short border varieties will be ready to bloom in the flowerbed sooner by starting them ahead as a spot of color while the direct seeded taller zinnias begin to grow later in the same bed.

A general early care method works with many varieties, with a few exceptions. Plants are most vulnerable as they emerge and need the consistent inputs they require; enough light, heat for soil in a northern climate, moist potting mix.

By checking the water available in the tray bottom, morning and evening in the first few days after planting seeds, one can see how frequently to add water, just after the tray is dry. Over-watering leads to fungal blooms and diseased plants.

After the plants have grown several leaves, they will be placed in a plastic solar greenhouse with small fans for air movement. In this stage, they grow more slowly and become more sturdy and adapted to wider fluctuating temperatures. A space heater on low heat is used for nights below freezing air temperatures.

The video will show you some of the plants that are germinating now.

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