Update on Radish and Lettuce

>> Thursday, February 12, 2009

These seeds were started on Jan 25th, so that makes them about 18 days old. They are coming along quite nicely.

Only six of the eight lettuce seeds sprouted but thats okay. I’ll start some more in a couple of days, the suggestion is to start every two weeks.

Radish Helios Yellow sprouted only four out of twelve, while the Radish Purple Plum sprouted eight out of twelve. A bit disappointing. But I’m going to start a few more in a few days. The string in the photo is used to separate the two types of radish.

Lettuce and Radish like the temperature to be a bit on the cool side and the room where these are growing is kept at 66F. This is, as far as I know, a pretty good temperature.

The only thing that I can think of that might have caused the poor germination rate is the soil I used. I didn’t use a seed starting medium, opting instead for regular potting soil. I figured if they could grow so well out in heavier soil of the garden they should do fine in potting soil.

Hopefully the second planting will turn out better.

Radish should be edible size in another 10-15 days and the lettuce will be ready in about 30 days.


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