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jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 12, 2013
8:26 AM

Post #9382702

The hybridizer Dale Martins wrote,if you tickle the roots of your seedling ever two weeks the plantlets will grow faster.She is so right!

First picture the the babies were lifted up one time and left to grow on there own.

Second picture the seedling was transplant into it's own pot and lifted every 2 weeks.Huge difference.

Jan

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2013
1:30 PM

Post #9382925

Wow,what a difference! I think Bonnie does that too.
Lynn
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 12, 2013
2:02 PM

Post #9382958

I do that too thanks to Sister Jan telling me about it...it really does make a difference :)

Connie
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 13, 2013
8:03 AM

Post #9383538

sure does make a difference,fast growing plantlets == flowers sooner.LOL
bigoldbuck701
Williston, ND

January 14, 2013
4:27 AM

Post #9384251

yes ive done it from time to time,i had some episcias i did that with,and they matured faster and grew faster then the ones i left alone,
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 14, 2013
3:48 PM

Post #9385029

Hi Jim! Episcia's too,amazing.there going to love where you live.I was wondering if it would work with other plants as well.I'll be starting some perennial Columbine seeds this week.Think I'll give them a try to when they sprout.

Jan
bigoldbuck701
Williston, ND

January 14, 2013
5:58 PM

Post #9385176

it should work with any plant
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 14, 2013
8:12 PM

Post #9385388

How interesting! I did not know this!
Even though I read Dale's hybridizing notes, I guess I didn't realize the true purpose of lifting the seedlings!

Karen
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 17, 2013
8:51 AM

Post #9388110

It DOES work for other babies too :) After Sister Jan told me about this I read something Dale had written on it. I believe she said it helped add oxygen to the roots.

Connie

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