Blondie, Rose Parade, African Orchids

nordenlights(z8 CA)February 23, 2004

Just wanted to say thank you for helping me get better at germinating impatiens seed!! Last year I got two seedlings from 30 seeds and it took them more than one month to come up. This year 9 of 10 African Orchids, 7 of 10 Rose Parade and 8 of 10 Blondie have germinated after nine days!

What did I do differently? After reading the tips on gardenweb I invested in a thermometer and growing lights so I could keep the temperature more constant between 68-77 F. I keept the lights on 24/7 and the heat from them was enough to warm the soil.

Cost: In- out thermometer $10, growing lights 2*$12 for two 4 feet ShopLights, Home Depot. The lights will of course also keep the seedlings happy (-:

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calla_lady(Z8b N. Calif)

Norden lights, awesome to hear about your Impatiens seeds germinating. By any chance did you get these from Burpee?
I am contemplating placing an order for some myself.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2004 at 1:16PM
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nordenlights(z8 CA)

Yes I did get the seeds from Burpee!

    Bookmark   February 26, 2004 at 3:04PM
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Dave_zone_5(Zone 5a/4b Wisc)

hmmm, I just started Blondie and African Orchard seeds myself. I just posted a new thread in this forum asking why others have said germinating them is so hard.

Like Norden Lights 90% are up after 9 days. I used a heat mat without thermostat and a humidity dome. Temp fluctuations were about 20 degrees F which I thought would doom me. The seeds are from Burpee.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2004 at 10:36AM
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