I'm reading from the Stokes Seed catalog about how to sow Johnny Jump-ups aka Violas.. The instructions seem confusing to me. It recommends pressing seed into the soil surface and cover lightly with a dusting of fine soil. Then it says to cover seed flats with black plastic or newspaper. Keep seeds without light until germination. Choose a cool shaded area out of direct sunlight so you will not cook the seed under the plastic. I wintersowed some of same seeds last year in jugs and don't recall having a problem. Didn't follow any of these instructions. I think I only had one HOS..
Would like to hear your experience with this flower. I've bought them before as starter plants. I know they will reseed themselves and you will grow where you didn't plant them because the wind blew the seeds pods. If I needed to cover them with black plastic or newspaper, how would I handle that part without the plastic laying on the seed/soil? I could cut a piece of black plastic and pull it across the top of the jug, before I place my foil tape around the jug to close it up.
So maybe those instructions in Stokes seed catalog were strickly for people who grow indoors "under the lights?" I can't wait to start sowing ; started poking my drainage and air circulation holes on 18 jugs the other night iand had to quit because it was too cole in the garage. I even starting numbering the jugs that I poked the holes in, so that much is done, along with all my foil tape is cut to go around each milk jug and lap over a wee bit. Thank You again, Don.
Adding my 2 cents a bit late, but I agree with the others--violas and pansies generally are very easy to grow by wintersowing them. But you learn something new every day on this forum! Up to now, I've always taken care to lightly cover certain seeds, e.g. violas, with a sprinkling of soil as per instructions in my favorite book for seed sowing: Park's "Success with Seed." But come to think of it, that's for "regular sowing" under lights or direct sowing in the garden. Wintersowing is the way Mother Nature does it--seeds just cast around the garden, or in my case, into jugs. No need to complicate the process!
I'm certainly far from an expert on this... but i think i read somewhere that - cover the seed about how 'thick' it is... tiny seeds, surface sow, something like a morning glory, put it down about the width of the seed... 1/8" maybe??
tiny like Poppies and Agastaches... i surface sow... others get a light cover. Some say they need "darkness" some say they need "light"
so - i guess it all depends on the seed too.
I'm sure someone has a link to a page that talks about all of this... but i dont have one.
Tam, Joannabanana posted a message last year telling what needs covering lightly, what needs darkness and what NOT to cover. I'll put a copy in the mail to you tomorrow but I think there was a thread started on same subject a few weeks ago. Maybe you can search for Joannabanana's posting on Jan. 17, 2009 Post#6016757 under Seed Germination. Let me know if you find it and I won't mail this tomorrow.
thank you so much ladies,i dont have a printer hooked up right now..guess i can write this down !!!! Need to get my pc nephew over here..
just listening to the news,oMG South Bend Indiana 70 miles from here..40 inches of snow over the weekend..Blasted the record from the blizzard of 78 !!! And it was only Lake effect snow..WOW ..wishing it was us =} I love lots of snow.
You had better get cracking sowing those milk jugs so you can get them outside before the snow arrives. I mailed you a copy yesterday of what Joannabanana posted about what seeds need No Covering, lightly covered, and darkness. If you can grow indoors under lights, this is going to be much easier. You'll love it! Ralph can help too!
OK Im going to make my starting mix,with spagnum moss and perlite 2/3 moss 1/3 perlite.Read it on the back of the Bag ??? No One in our puny town had any seed starting mix..Ace,Walmart or TSC,yup I only have 3 choices !!! Was snowing too much to drive 25 miles yesterday. Im going to try it inside too when I start under lighhts.