Wednesday, February 10, 2010

First Seeds Sprouted - Onions

Today when I got home from work and checked out the seed starting area, I saw two little soil blocks of onions have sprouted! I planted the seeds on 2/6, but didn’t place the flats on a heat mat until yesterday 2/9.



I planted four onion seeds per soil block and covered them lightly with a bit of the soil block mix. I left one uncovered and it looks like all four seeds sprouted:

13 comments:

  1. Me too GM !
    Both my onion varieties and one of my leeks have started to sprout in only 3 days. This moon business is good. :P

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  2. The start of the season! I have been impatiently checking the two other varieties of onions I just plant. Wish I had Miss M's luck with 3 day germination :-)

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  3. cool. That reminds me. I've got to get downstairs and water!

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  4. Miss M: Oooohhhh! You must be so excited!! Off to a great start, I say :)

    Dan: I was quite surprised. Especially since the flats were in 55 degree F temperatures until yesterday. I expected them to take more time. Wishing you good luck on your onion seeds planted this weekend.

    Stefaneener: Because growing from seed is all new to me, one of the first things I do each day when I arrive home from work is check the seedlings out.

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  5. Three day germination for onions? Amazing. Those heat pads must be wonderful. I planted green onions outdoors yesterday here in southern California. I grow them in ceramic bowls due to my lack of sunny ground space. I don't expect to see sprouts for ten days.

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  6. I have been gardening all of my adult life, been starting seeds indoors a large portion of that time, and I am still totally enthralled with the miracle of seeds germinating. It's true! There is something so magical about the emergence of life from a dry tiny lifeless pod.

    Happy first germination GrafixMuse! I must warn you though, seed starting is an addictive pleasure.

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  7. Lou: I am surprised too! I was expecting them to take 7-10 days as stated on the package. I am sure the both quality of the seed and the heat mat helped.

    KitsapFG: I couldn't believe how excited I was to see those little sprouts. There IS something magical about it.

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  8. Good for you! They germinated pretty quick...

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  9. Congrats. I really need to get mine in. I'm thinking tomorrow.

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  10. I can't believe your onions sprouted so quickly. It took mine more like 7-8 days. But then again, I didn't use a heat mat. Will you thin them or plant them out multi-seeded?

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  11. EG: Yes, they did germinate really quick. I am pretty excited.

    Daphne: I am early seeding onions according to my schedule. I just had to plant something.

    Thomas: I can't believe the onions sprouted so quickly either. They were only on the heat mat 24 hours. I'm not sure how much that speeded up the germination. I was planning on multiplanting the soil blocks...There are 4 seeds per block and I will plant 4 blocks/sq ft. There were more sprouts today too. I will place the onions under lights in the next day or so.

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  12. Congratulations... you are off to the races! Only yesterday did I sow our Walla Walla sweets outdoors along with carrots and radishes, so I'll have to wait patiently for germination. Tis the time to sow more outdoors for us, and excited to get started. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  13. Looking good GM, how do you like the soil blocks?

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