My earlier post on seed starting was a little brief . I fell into the blogging trap of feeling compelled to post something everyday and as a result rushed the discussion of something that is rather complex. What to do? Delete the whole thing and start again? I then remembered my dear friend Prashant Miranda who is a brilliant artist journal keeper. His sketchbook/ journals are an inspiration, and I remembered that in a bound book, you can't erase or remove an image but just have to keep on keeping on.
So instead of pulling the plug on the Jan. 25th post, I'll keep it as a record of that moment in time. And now I'll add something that will explain my enthusiasm for propagating plants from seed.
Many seeds benefit from soaking in water for 24 hours before sowing, one of these is Phytollaca americana (Pokeweed). In fact, this seed has a pulpy coat that inhibits germination, so a soak in warm soapy water removes this and helps speed up the process. I'm sowing a variegated strain of P.americana called 'Silberstein', it has varying patterns of speckled markings and with reddish stems. It should be fun to germinate, as each plant is slightly different. Hopefully I can show the progress of these plants over the next few months. In these pictures you'll see that 'Silberstein' seeds released this magenta pink colour as soon as it hit the water. In the second image, 'Silberstein' seed makes good contact with the growing medium and will later be covered with w thin coat of Turface.