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Sprouts in less than 24 hours!

New Milford, CT

Admittedly I'm a fairly novice gardener, but this struck me as unusual anyway. Yesterday I put convolulus seeds from Burpee into those peat disks (the ones that start out flat and puff up when you add water) and then put them aside in their tray as instructed with the lid on. This morning I have sprouts, even from some I sowed as late as 5 pm! Earlier I did the same with coleus seeds and saw sprouts about 4 day later, but then I hadn't checked them before that, so they might have done the 24 hour thing too, for all I know. I just happened to walk by these trays this morning -- would never have expected any such thing.

Is this normal? Or should we all be buying Jiffy greenhouses? I do have traded seeds in the same tray and they haven't done anything yet, so maybe it's the Burpee seeds. Gee, all that shopping online I did for seeds with DG-approved vendors, and so far the best luck I've had is with seeds from the local Agway!

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

I haven't had terrific luck with those swell-up disks - they don't stick together when transplanting, or trying to! But a lot of different things affect germination rates, what type of seeds, are they inside or outside, do they have underneath heat or not, how old the seeds are, do they need light to germinate or not, do they need to be soaked or nicked or anything, etc, etc,. Give your other seeds a little more time, although the humidity and warmth in those little "greenhouses" is lovely, if you're a little seed.

New Milford, CT

Oh, I'm sure my lovely traded seeds will do fine! I certainly don't hold them up to this freaky 24-hour standard!

I started using the disks in January when I just HAD to grow something and heck, they were on sale at Agway. So far I love 'em but probably I just got lucky. Still, I thought I'd share!

(Daniel) Mount Orab, OH(Zone 6b)

Yup. Those Jiffies sure do a great job of making seed sprout in a jiffy! Salvias were up in 3 days! Hib's in 5! YAY FOR JIFFY!

lol

~Daniel

New Milford, CT

Ha! Guess I'll keep an eye out for sales and stock up, since I'm not the only one having good results!

Melbourne, FL

I've have certain seeds up in less than 24 hours, which is amazing. I have tried those discs several times, sometimes they barely swell...but got some this spring that work beautifully. They swell up almost before your eyes, and the plants have done beautifully in them. Just checked and mine are the Jiffy. Work great!

(Daniel) Mount Orab, OH(Zone 6b)

Yay!

~Daniel

New Milford, CT

I found when they don't swell, it's usually because they're jammed into the tray too tightly. I take them out and gently massage the sides, and they pop right up.

Can you tell I'm fascinated by those disks? :-)

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

You could open a seed masage parlor.
Seed's here have to tough it out.

New Milford, CT

Bwahahaha, seed massage parlor. Wonder if that's legal in CT?

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)


Only within 200 yards of a bar and not near a school, ha ha ha!

New Milford, CT

Whooo hoo, an X-rated gardening thread ...

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