Posted By Jonathan on February 26, 2016
At our last garden club meeting one of the members brought some valentines treats in for everyone. They were store bought cupcakes and were very good! We decided to take the container that they came in and had the idea of using it for a propagating/seed starting house. We took some rosemary cuttings*, some pineapple sage cuttings and some pelargonium cuttings and have them in there now. We are also testing some seed for germination. The plastic covering works great to keep moisture in, but the one thing we needed to do differently was to keep it heated. Our house is pretty chilly in winter and our kitchen is even colder, usually in the upper 50’s. So now I have a heat mat under the cuttings and hopefully they will do a little better. One of the rosemary cuttings already rotted. Cold and moist are the absolute worst combination for any seed/plant/cutting! Moist isn’t bad if things are warm and cold isn’t necessarily bad if things are dry. Combine them and things rot very quickly.
We also bought some new seed starting flats, cells and greenhouse covers from greenhouse megastore. Our seed starting equipment has been getting battered over the past few years so its time for some replacements. We had never ordered from this place but we will be back to order more. The quality is much better than what we had before. The deep celled tray in particular is very study and might come in handy for tomatoes which love a deep root run. We can also use it to start any taprooted plants such as beets which do transplant ok if done right.
We also bought some daisy trays. They are a little flimsier than I thought they would be so we’ll have to see how they hold up to carrying around small potted plants.
* rosemary cuttings are better taken in the autumn.