Hi, I am new to gardening... last year a dear friend gave me a datura ... and I trully fell in love... I let one pod open outside and left the seeds there... I have been really careful with the place and now there is plenty of snow there... I have some seeds and I want to start some inside... just in case... but regardless I want a border of daturas... so any help on starting them inside would be appreciated!!!!
Hi, I am in Zone 6 also, last year I started some in small peat cups and it worked good, the main thing is they do not like their roots disturbed so by planting the cup the roots are not touched, I also cut the cup down each side when planting.
I have had the best luck starting my seeds in the disposable tupperward boxes this year! I have used them for all my plants. I started out with them last winter with my Brugs and Datura. I didnt have a problem transplanting them just scooped the seedlings out with a fork and put them in a 20oz cup. from there I put them in the ground in spring. I had no clue they didn't like their roots disturbed... I'll be more gentle with them this year.
Hmm .. that's a new one on me .. not liking roots disturbed. Datura is a weed, and in my experience they can take all sorts of abuse. I transplant them all the time and greatly disturb their roots. I've even gone as far as trimming the roots. They've never told me they didn't like it. Perhaps you are thinking of a different plant kareoke.
I pretty much start all my seed in one communal container. Once they sprout I transplant into their own individual pots. When it's warm enough to go outside I transplant them again into their final home. The picture on the left is how I start pretty much all of my seeds. The one on the right are some datura seedlings that just got put into their own little pots.
No, I don't put holes in the tops or bottom. I do open them daily tho. The seed mix is moist not wet.
Last year I had a horrible time with fungus gnats so I had to take drastic measures. I leave the seedlings in the box lid and all till they touch the top of the box then move them to a 20oz cup. I leave them in the cup till they either out grow it of its time to plant out. I know there is other ways to battle the gnats but Im lazy and this works just fine for me lol!
thanks! i think i may give your method a try...my first attempt with seedlings of any kind didn't go very well...i'm in a drafty, old house which made a difference, but i put in such a variety that being in one tray with a dome didn't work...some were screaming for out & others hadn't even peeked out yet :-)
Last year I had some lovely Dats, I transplanted them and they died, then someone on the forum said they do not like their roots disturbed, so I figured that was why they died, now I am carful not to disturb them.
ok. what I did is plant them on those peat moss things that you add water and they inflate... so the seeds are in my bathroom, next to the radiator in a lillte dome ... this way when they sprout I will just add them to another peat moss container and so I can safely plant them outside... what do you guys think???
I can still put in glad containers withouth touching the roots... (well they don't have any yet!!!)
Any plant raised indoors will need to be "hardened" before it can stay outside 24/7. Take the plant out into a part sun/part shade place or take the plant out for an hour the first day, a little bit more the second day, etc. etc. until they are used to a full day of sun. Putting seedlings in the sun for a full day the first day out, often kills them. They have to build up chemicals in their leaves to protect them from the sun. It takes a few days to complete the process. It is similar to the plant having to get a tan before it can lie in the sun all day.