When sprouting indoors from seed, quite often the light comes from one direction. My tomato sprouts shall demonstrate:
I rotated them last night when they were facing the other way. They’ll get rotated 90 degrees tomorrow.
Nearly all of the tomato sprouts are up now. They usually appear one to three at a time until the ones that are going to germinate at all have done so. The ground cherries have yet to make an appearance.
The peppers, absent last night entirely, have almost all risen in unison today. Here are two emerging from their seed casings.
The leaves will open more, discarding the seed’s exterior to the soil.
Onions don’t have two seed leaves like many veggies do, and end up hanging onto their seeds for quite awhile.
Onion sprouts start like little wriggly, white, worms.
There’s one in the middle there, blending in nonchalantly, and another along the top edge.
The root end takes a few days to take hold, and as it’s working on that, the sprout elongates.
With the root end more firmly gripping the earth, the sprout musters its wee strength and starts to stretch for the sun.
At this stage, they are kind of comical. Bending this way, twisting around, seed ends getting stuck on other sprouts nearby…they amuse me a fair bit with their antics.
The air is dry here lately. A few weeks without rain, little humidity, and clear nights has the static up and the soil gasping quickly between waterings. I’m watering now by gently pouring small amounts near the sprouts. I don’t want to drown them, or soak the soil, but misting with my spray bottle won’t last 12 hours in these conditions.
I am getting antsy to put the seeds in the garden next weekend. Today was intended as a soil amendment day, but both Plan A and Plan B for adding compost and manure were a bust. Hopefully it comes together tomorrow so I can have it piled and ready as a weekday evening project this week.
Thing I learned today?
– Beets aren’t something to start inside, but should be direct sown like other root veggies. So sayeth the package.
Any activity in your growth this week? Any prep work to be done or planting you’re (im)patiently waiting to do?