Saturday, March 9, 2013

Three Seed Sprouting Methods with The Results In Pictures

I took one group of seeds that I needed to test germinate and planted them with three different methods. The seeds were all soaked to begin with in water for a day, then their seed hull pierced with my fingernail.  They then were divided into the three test methods:

These seedlings will all be part of my dwarf Moringa tree experiment for growing them in the house. There are several of us in the business trying to develop the dwarf trees for people growing the trees in areas where they cannot be planted outside.  I just talked to a man who started 200 trees in Arizona. He got them up and really growing, then lost all of them to fierce winds and sand.  We get 50 to 70 mile winds in Nevada off and on through the year. We just experienced two days of nasty winds. I had a tarp over my chicken coop wire roof  for weather protection. I had to put large bricks on it in places, to keep it from blowing away. The wind broke the lashings several times holding it down. It tore one tarp last year to pieces. It looked like it had been put through a paper shredder. That is why I am growing mine in the house.  I love my trees.


Zip Lock Bag Method: 

Seeds were put into a zip lock bag and kept in the gas stove. None sprouted at all.  This method really needs to be done closer to spring. The house was just too cold at this point.


Jiffy grow cells with heat mat and grow lights

They grew quickly. This picture was taken March 1st










                          




 Same seeds transplanted into one gallon pots, organic potting soil,  with grow lights. Picture taken on March 9th.  Moringa tap roots grow so quickly, they grow out of their original jiffy cells in just a few days.  You must be very gentle in uprooting them and replanting them. If you break the tap root, it kills the tree.  Don't plant the tap root too deeply in the new pot.





These seeds below sprouted slower but once up, grew quickly. They are almost as tall as the ones grown under the grow lights.  I did nothing with these except water them. I had almost given up on them.  You need to make sure you water the little ones every day with enough water to keep the roots from drying out. These seedlings have a long tap root but not much roots other than that. You must also watch the Rolly Polly gray pill bugs for they will eat the young seedlings root and tender stems, killing them. I keep turning the pot around so they will grow straight in the sunlight. I just turned these today. I had been busy the past two days, and had not even noticed that they had sprouted up. 

There is another set of seeds coming up in another 20 gal that are not quite as advanced. 















Well this is today's update on my new crop of Moringa seedlings. I am really pleased with the results so far in this new house.   All for now. Have a great weekend.

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin






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