Started growing some Heirloom Lettuce Cimmaron
today from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company
out of Mansfield, Missouri. They also have a store in Petaluma, California and one in Wethersfield, Connecticut located at the Historic Comstock Seed Company building. We really stand by this companies standards and varieties they have some of the rarest selections and healthiest genes available we have found to date.
First we added 25ML
to a gallon of de-chlorinated water,
a product developed by a company BioAg. This product is a good blend of Fulvic acids. Golden Humic Acids, derived
from fossilized prehistoric Cretaceous period material, through a cold process extraction This will spur the seeds to germinate faster than normal. As far as a de-chlorinator goes we trust in the Small Boy manufactured by Hydrologic Water Filtration Systems. It is greatly important that you de-chlorinate your water because Chlorine and especially Chloramine are two of the biggest plant growth inhibitors you will find in your garden. Chlorine and Chloramine are added to the water supply to kill bacteria and curb algae growth. Since we are trying to start seeds these two chemicals would be sure to stop growth in its tracks.
Dump that into a bucket of De-Chlorinated water.
Then we added about a 1 1/2 tablespoons
of a product called Great White
to the mix. "Great White" is a product made by a company called Plant Success.
Great white essentially is a blend of multiple species of Beneficial Bacteria which will spur accelerated root growth and increased nutrient availability as well as increased nutrient absorption. Great white mixed with the Ful-Power will greatly increase seed propagation rates and significantly decrease propagation time.
Give the whole thing a good hand mix and let sit for about an hour or so.
After the soak insert plugs into the plug tray.
Insert about two-three seeds per plug
Per order the Great White application methods i then top dressed Half of the tray with more of the product. This was done to only half the tray to produce a side by side test to see if there are truly added benefits to this step of the process.
Right Half topped dressed with Great White.
We then put the tray on a heat mat to increase germination rate. The heat mat we chose was the Super Starter Heat Mat
. Seeds like a warmer climate, a soil temperature of 70 - 80 degrees for germination to occur. However, seed germination temperature is all dependent on which type of crop is being grown.
Put the Heat mat under the tray in a dark dry area.
Close the doors and check back in a day or two.
Day Two: Still no signs of activity
No growth yet. Back into the Darkroom.
Day Three: We have signs of life!!!
Day Four: "On the Come Up"
Sprouts, Sprouts Everywhere!!
At this point we decided to mist in some Ful-Power. This remoistens and re-oxygenates the root cubes. We added 8 ml to the quart Mondi Sprayer. In our opinion these are the best sprayers on the market to date.
At this point we decided there was enough growth started where we could add light to the mix.
We opted to go with a Hydrofarm CFL light.
This package comes complete with bulb.
This is not the usual light we would use at this stage but it is soft enough for starts still. Usually we use High Output T5's for this section but the CFL was already hanging in the tent.
DAY 5: "Grow Baby, Grow"
This morning we pulled them out from under the CFL and put them under side lighting from a 175w Mini Sunburst
made by Hydrofarm
This has a 175w Metal Halide(MH) Bulb. Figured they could handle some more potent light now that most seedlings have sprouted.
Today the seedlings looked super healthy, lots of sprouts. Even a few plugs with two seedlings; great success so far. Misted on some more of the Ful-Power by BioAg to keep the plugs moist and add the benefits of more Golden Humic Acids to the plugs. Seeing Exponential growth day by day.
Day 6: "Off to the Races"
This Morning we came in to find the plugs had dried out a bit from being underneath the 125w MH bulb so we decided to spray the tray again with the Ful-Power and Water. Also we really soaked down the remaining plugs that had not sprouted in hopes more Ful-Power and added moisture would finish popping the seeds.
Day 7: "Here We Grow"
The growth has been exponential. It appears as if the FUL-POWER
and GREAT WHITE
Mycorrhizae has really been doing its job, all the seedlings look extremely happy. The are definitely drinking a lot more and must be experiencing increased evaporation from being under the MiniSunburst 175w.
The pictures below show the dry cubes.
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A little dry but still in FULL PRAY mode.
So we decided we should give them another good soaking of the FUL-POWER mix and let them sit in the side lighting for a bit. You always want to turn off the light or put off to the side out of direct light when you spray anything on the foliage. The water molecule can act as a magnifying lens and will burn your foliage.
Looking a lot more moist
After they sat for a bit we put them back under the light.