Here are some pics of *most* of my indoor plants and seedlings which I have started from seed for spring this year. All were started from seed, except for that succulent in the big white pot there. Many of them are still waiting to sprout.
I'm at the point now where I'm trying to acclimate some of the hardier plants to the outdoors, just to make room for my growing collection. It's getting quite crowded in here, but if I don't overdo it like this, I'll probably wish I had all summer. So, hopefully it will pay off. ;) Even though I am starting so many annuals, I have quite a few perennials too, so perhaps I won't have quite the same madness in here next year.
I've also winter sown quite a few things, as well as direct sowed flower seeds, sugar snap peas, lettuce, spinach and Swiss chard.
The local nursery gave me some plain large and small black plastic pots. I felt that even though they were within my budget (free), they should still be pretty, so I painted them. I'm also sanding and painting that room, which is why there's dust all over the floor. ;)
This is a coleus that I pinched the heck out of at its growing points so that it would grow in more fully. The pic is kind of blurry. It has grown in since then, quite well.
One of my Malva Zebrinas has begun to bloom indoors!! Only 2 months after sowing. A marigold has bloomed too, but I don't have a pic of that just yet.
Mar 19, 2008 | 8:17 AM PST
I think your title "Seedlings Everywhere" was a bit of an understatement. I was thinking something along the lines of "Seedzilla Strikes Back" or perhaps "Attack of the Seedlings" would be appropriate.
Mar 19, 2008 | 10:48 AM PST
Hi friend, I just want you to know that I love your pictures. You certainly have a lot of work cut out for yourself transplanting into the garden. I will be waiting for the next generation of pictures showing the spring growth.
You have a great day and happy gardening. Bill Mitchell
Mar 19, 2008 | 1:27 PM PST
Man, where there is a will to grow things a gardener will find a way. Great looking plants. I had one Malva come up and one Clitorea, so now I am praying they do well for a few more weeks. Linda B
Apr 23, 2008 | 10:38 PM PST
WOW impressive amount of starts!! I was wondering what kind of grow lights if any you use. I started my Zabrina (identical to yours) and mine didn't do to well. Do you use a grow bulb (like regular bulbs) if they make them? The reason I ask this is because the picture with the Zabrina in it has a lamp, so I thought maybe they make a bulb type too.
Apr 24, 2008 | 5:06 PM PST
It is not a regular incandescent lightbulb. Those lightbulbs are totally useless to help plants grow. It's a florescent "energy-saving" coily lightbulb. I got mine at K-mart, I think, a 3-pack for about $7. It's a 23 watt that puts out like a 100 watt. Any full spectrum florescent light will do to help plants grow, or a cool light and warm florescent light. When my seedlings are little, I have them under lights that hang above them. When they're big, I put them next to those coily florescent lamps. In my experience, florescent lights are really necessary to grow plants indoors well from seed. :)