Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Rosemary and Pablano Update

Well, it has been a very busy couple of weeks. Yesterday we finally had some spring-like weather here, so things are starting to perk up outside. Still, it is amazing how far behind everything is from last year. Or maybe it’s just where it ought to be, since last year was an unusual case.

I thought I would update two of the projects I had going on in the seedling room. It turns out that the rosemary propagation method I tried (putting the stems directly into soil) didn’t work out well, as all of them dried up and died.

Sticking with the water this time around...
Not to be deterred, I decided to try putting new cuttings in water. I have rooted several plants in this way (purple passion in particular) and it has always worked. I’m happy to say that after about a week in the water the rosemary cuttings are just starting to show tiny roots, so in another couple of weeks they should be ready for dirt. If successful, I’ll likely do another batch so that I can dry some rosemary and leave one plant for fresh cuttings all year round.

On another note, I am happy to say that the poblano seeds that I sprouted on top of the Bunn coffee pot (which is always warm) have caught right up to the rest of the peppers despite being planted a solid 6 weeks later! After going in quite skeptical, I can say that I’m a believer in the plastic bag method. The backup poblano seeds that I planted just in case on the exact same day right in the potting soil have yet to sprout.

Pablanos have caught right up!
In other seedling news, the tomatoes are just starting to get a few true leaves. It’s amazing comparing 2012 to 2013 in terms of how far along things were last year. I think the major difference has been the lack of warmth, which has made the seedling room significantly cooler for most of the “spring” so far. This might be a blessing though, since I don’t foresee putting everything out in the first week of May this time around. Better to have smaller plants to transplant than massive juggernauts!

April 16, 2013
April 15, 2012
 Until next time, happy gardening!