So what to my wondering eyes should appear when I checked on my asparagus flat yesterday?
If you look closely, you can see all 4 have come up in this cell pack
I sowed the seeds on February 8 and by yesterday, only ten days later, 18 (out of 26) had germinated - so much for three weeks! I'm breathing a big sigh of relief.
I removed the lid and placed the flat under the lights. I will keep the tray on the heat mat for another week or so, in the hopes that I get some more to germinate. After that, I will remove the mat - our basement is around 18C (64F) which is a good temperature for them once they have germinated.
As a side note, I went to William Dam again last week - the Eleonora basil (which is downy mildew resistant) is still on backorder, so it will be another couple of weeks before I can get it. I did pick up the Camelot shallot seeds, which I had forgotten to get the last time I was there. And then I caved and bought another heat mat:
|Seedling Heat Mat|
Well, at least now I have the option of using one mat for my starts & using the other one for seedlings that may benefit from a little extra bottom heat.
Till next time...