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Moth's Grow Log 2019

Moth

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24 pots warming up in the propagator before I sow.

I've have Dominican Republic Olor, Cuban Criollo 98 and Pennsylvania Red - all from Northwood seeds (thank you).

I also have Sultan Albanian and Limonka / Lemoniha / Lemonka / Lemon-Lemon - both a generous gift from Alpine (thank you).

I've not yet decided on quantities of each although will probably sow 4 seeds a pot and thin out the surplus.
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Moth

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Thank you all!

It seems the biggest problem so far is negotiating with my wife about where these will end up.

We have (or had) an agreement that the house is hers, the garden is mine. Apparently this is no longer the case. I must have missed that memo.

I think we've reached an accord - some in the front garden (south facing, although direct sun 'till 11am, when the house obscures it), a row down the south facing (and best) spot in the back garden (full sun from noon 'till sunset), and a variety of large pots around the log store (semi shaded south facing).

At least I won't need access to the log store during summer - it's well stocked and haven't wanted a fire for a few weeks. Today the UK temperature record for hottest Feb was broken for the second day in a row - a positively balmy 20°C/68°F. No coat, my work attire consisted of a shirt with rolled up sleeves...

Anyhow I digress.

Seeds:
The Limonka (Lemon-lemon) and Sultan Albanian n.rustica seeds are a dark slate grey and noticeably larger than the light brown (tan?) coloured n.tabacum.

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Sowing:
I fashioned the invoice from Northwood Seeds into a "gently tapping powered" semi-precision distribution device. I overshot my target of 4 seeds a pot 50% of the time.
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Waiting:
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GreenDragon

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Don’t worry, the wife will change her mind come mid summer. They really are beautiful plants and can make quite a show in the garden. Many gardeners grow them just for their lush green leaves and pretty flowers.
 

Moth

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The Pennsylvania Red, Sultan Albanian and Limonka / Lemoniha / Lemonka / Lemon-Lemon are sprouting.

Few spot of grey hairy mould appearing on some of the pots. Hmmnnn.

Am away 'till Sunday. Considering unplugging the propagator to slow growth of both...

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Moth

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Finally some life from the Olor. There are 4 signs of life in this one pot. It's day 8, so just a slow starter compared to the others, that began to sprout day 3.

I have some led grow lights (currently supplementing daylighting to my cactus collection, languishing on a east facing window - another "negotiation" with my wife) that I'll temporarily use for the seedlings until transplant time.
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Moth

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The slower may be the better! ;)
Prescient. The olor was the last to germinate and are the largest by far.

I've split them into 2 grades - one set which are the healthiest , still have the led grow lights supplementing daylight and will go in the best positions. The second set are backups that will go in less favourable positions and are outside in a warm sheltered spot.

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Moth

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Its nice weather 23c, 73.4f.
I've been hardening the plants leaving them out during the day (although shaded area until late afternoon).

I have enough space so shading their neighbours won't be an issue. Wondering if I should forgo the haircuts?

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I heard the haircut is useful for developing roots too… in my first year growing I do not practice haircut and I regret it cause this leaves are a mess before planting and then, don't even give smokable things.
This year I'll practice haircut.
 

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One other seldom mentioned benefit of a haircut prior to transplant is that the transplant shock is less stressful on the plant if the evaporative surfaces (leaf size) are reduced.

People transplant all the time both after leaf clipping as well as with no leaf clipping. If your English sunshine lives up to its reputation, then it probably won't matter.

Bob
 

Moth

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Built a planter out of decking boards this afternoon, although, didn't finish it. 1.5mx0.5mx0.5m (55inchx19.5x19.5).
There will be 2 of these.
Pic of the seedlings resting on it
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