Seedling Update #2 – Day 7 & 11

Marigolds and tomatoes are sprouting!

I’m a bit behind in my posts, but I’ve been sure to keep up on taking pictures.

By day 7 after I planted marigolds, tomatoes, and peppers, all of the marigolds had sprouted and some of the tomatoes had begun.

In the Jiffy pots, once again the sprouting was not as fast.  Only three plants had emerged.

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The cardboard planters were far quicker with over a dozen sprouts.

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Even though the amount of tomato plants sprouting in the two mediums were different, the marigolds caught up, so I was hopeful that the tomatoes would too.

As you can see, by day 11, the tomatoes and marigolds in the Jiffy pots and the cardboard planters were nearly even.

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I’m getting anxious to transplant these into individual pots…but don’t want to get ahead of myself.  According to what I’ve read, I should wait until they have at least two sets of leaves.

A week and a half into my home-grown seedling experiment and so far, so good and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

Seedling Update #1 – Day 4

Planting seeds in two different types of medium has proven to display some definite differences.  Although far too early to make any definitive conclusions, these results are certainly interesting.

This morning when I checked on the progress of the planting I did just four days ago, I was pleased to open the lid of the Jiffy pot tray and find a few marigold seedlings.

Jiffy Pot Marigolds

Jiffy Pot Marigolds

I planted marigolds for several reasons, one being that I figured if these grew, there would be no reason the other seeds would not, as marigolds are easy to grow. The other seeds I planted have a longer germination period, so I don’t expect the other plants to start showing up for at least a week.  Seeing that the seeds have started to sprout, proves to me that this method of growing plants should work. Although I’m sure some plants are easier and heartier to begin from seed, I am encouraged that with my marigold success I might have success with my other plantings.

Moving to the tray of seeds I planted using a cardboard-style pot with a garden potting mix, I was completely surprised to find every marigold seed had sprouted.  I’m not saying every pot had a plant, I’m saying that every seed, as I put two per pot, had sprouted.  Wow!  A definite difference.

Cardboard Tray & Garden Mix Marigolds

Cardboard Tray & Garden Mix Marigolds

This test, if taken completely out of context, might indicate that the cardboard planters and garden potting mix is the way to go, but it is still early.  There is nothing to indicate that the jiffy pots will not still sprout.  What I can conclude though, is that the cardboard planters and potting mix worked faster.  If there is only a day or two difference, this is not a big deal. Also, there is still the question as to which plants will be healthier, those planted in the Jiffy pots or those in the cardboard planters, if there is a difference.

For now, I am just grateful my marigolds have sprouted.  It gives me hope for the remaining plants, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.