First attempt to grow NuMex Twilight
Last month I got interested in NuMex Twilight and Bruce (esox07) kindly sent me some seeds. So I'm having my first go at growing it (or just about anything). I really have no idea what I'm doing and I'm learning as I go along.
I started off with trying to germinate a dozen seeds using the baggie method with coffee filters, with a solution of 5% hydrogen peroxide (which is itself a 3% solution in the bottle) in filtered water. The baggie method didn't end up working well for me. Midway, I removed 4 seeds and put them on cotton wool inside a clear plastic clamshell from grocery store salad. I gave them about half a dozen spritzes from a small spray bottle once or twice a day. Most of the baggie method seeds got moldy. There are still a couple that maybe haven't succumbed to mold and are still ungerminated.
I started the seeds with the baggie method on 6/28 and as of 7/17 one of the seeds I'd switched to cotton wool had germinated. Between then and 7/20 two more on the cotton wool had germinated. On 7/21 I planted the four seeds from the cotton wool in organic potting soil in fiber seed starter pots.
I attached some photos of the germinated seeds from 7/21 and the seedlings from today.
I'm going to be growing this in a container. I got a couple of nice decorative pots that don't have drainage holes, and are otherwise unsuitable for growing edibles. So I want to get some food safe containers to put inside. By "food safe" I mean I think I'll have to use plastic, so I'd like to find some made-in-the-US containers made from food grade plastic, like #5, and not otherwise rendered unsuitable for food (e.g. having stored a toxic chemical or something). These Gro Pro nursery pots look promising, but they don't even say what they're made of (and I only know of one local place that sells that brand, and they only had one size). I'm planning to try some local bakeries to see if they have stuff like #5 frosting buckets I can get. But if anyone has suggestions, please let me know.