Saturday, 13 July 2013

Patience Rewarded

Plenty of sunshine again on Friday with the temperature reaching 29.2°C at 16:00. It’s forecast to be a little bit cooler over the next few days.

I noticed today that a second Mimosa Pink Sparkles has germinated. These seeds were sown on 09 April 2013 and after spending some time under the indoor growlight were eventually moved into the greenhouse. We had a few false alarms as various strange little seedlings emerged from the compost but none of them turned out to be mimosa seedlings. Then after 83 days on 01 July 2013 our first true Mimosa seedling pushed through the compost.

This little seedling is growing well and from its true leaves it really does look like mimosa. Then today I noticed a second seedling has emerged that’s 94 days after sowing. Who knows perhaps in time a few more might germinate before any colder weather arrives. 
So patience really has paid off in this case as I could have easily discarded or stopped watering this seed tray. The vermiculite too has done a good job as it’s prevented the top of the seed compost from going green. Once that happens the contents of my seed trays are normally consigned to the compost heap. 

Original post from A Gardener's Weather Diary author M Garrett


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