Growing from Seed-PBS TOW

Lauw de Jager
Tue, 19 Nov 2002 12:24:34 PST
Gary Buckley a *crit 
 >Do you>protect from the rain or leave the pots out exposed to the
elements?for the most part yes. But  I always cover with fine grit. I
use 1-2mm grit because this works for me across the board.
I agree with Gary    Grit is an ideal cover for seed.  I got really
hooked on this 'mulch' after seeing in all sort of bulbs growing from
seed in aour gravel path

For the first time (at last) I am using the floating method right at
this moment  for Rhodophiala species and Pancratium maritimum.   I am
holding them in an old fridge at 20°C, after 3 days  50% of most batches
have germinated. The question arises
1) at what % germination do I sow
2) how do I sow. My intention is just tipping the water tray(and the
floating seed) into the seed boxes, cover it with 1cm  of soil (and of
coarse grit on top of that)
3) after having germinated at 20°C how will the seed  survive the
thermal shock our normal outside climate (varying between 5 and 15°C). 
 You may notice that our method is rather unsophisticated  no glass
houses, no heating  benches etc. Just natural outside conditions (in a
shadehall) in zone 9.
I would be very grateful if anyone will his 'floating' experience with
the group.

Kind regards 

Lauw de Jager 
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Région Provence/Camargue, (Climat zone 9a Mediterranean)

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