I just got a 50-cell tray of rapid rooters from the local hydro store.
Tossed some seeds into em last night, hopefully I get some decent results.
Anyone used these things? Experiences, thoughts?
They're a lot like Jiffy starters, but I like them a lot better than the Jiffys. I just seem to have better results.
I'm sure you'll be very happy with the results, I always have been.
Nice! Do you usually germinate in the plugs, or do you germinate them in a paper towel and place them in once they sprout a root?
I dropped a bunch straight in, the Black Sea Man Tomato popped root in 36 hours, but nothing on the others yet.
I seeded a lot of stuff by planting the seeds straight in the hole and covering with coco coir lightly. Germinating prior to planting is probably better so you know none will go to waste. I just never do that. Those things make transplanting a WHOLE lot easier. I use them for my ground plants, too. I used them for their intended purpose, too, for the first time a few weeks back. I "cloned" my basil and a couple of tomato plants. Worked out great.
nice! so far, i'm having great results with the rooters. i planted 23 seeds, because I have a 15 planter ebb n flow, and i figured that'd work out about right. all but one are popping leaves. guess i'll have to throw together another sytem=)
maybe i'll plant a couple of the duplicates in dirt to see a comparison.
I like the PERFECT STARTS - I get mine from FutureGarden.com and they work wonderfully in my aeroponic and hydro systems. All of my seeds are started this way - I even cut them in 1/2 or thirds and this helps me get more bang for my buck. I have a tutorial on how I start my seeds over at my website http://www.TechnologyGarden.net
Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.TechnologyGarden.net
thanks techg! Looks like a lot of useful on your site!
Yeah, that's a pretty cool site.
I've always found that whichever style of germinating you use seems to bite you in the 'tocks in a predictable way.
Say you want 12 plants so you start 12 seeds. You'll have like 8 germinate. But if you plant 18 seeds you'll have 18 germinate.
I think Mother Nature does that just to remind us that we're not in control.
thats very true gary, there's always something there to remind us that we are products of nature, and not the other way around. we'd do a lot better in this world if we could remember that=P
at least i've got plants i need to scramble to accomodate. i'd rather have more than i know what to do with instead of a bunch of dead plants.
Ain't that the truth. It's always feast or famine, but it's not just nature. Seems like everything works like that. Like at work, there's either too much to do or not enough.
How's the germination rate coming out for you?
I've had a literally 100% germination rate on the 35 seeds I've used the rooters on. I couldn't be starting out any better in terms of that.
Good quality seeds and proper attention to detail usually ends up in a high germination rate.
Still, 100% is pretty great. Definitely got a green thumb at work there!