Seed GROW Project, For-Real #1

I have previously posted about receiving my "Spitfire" nasturtium seeds from Renee's Garden for the seed GROW project, run by MrBrownThumb and Colleen Vanderlinden. This is the first official post, however. Seed GROW project participants will all post updates on the first Sunday of the month, although most of us already seem to have posted ahead of schedule.

I actually don't think I recorded the exact date that I sowed my nasturtium seeds. It must have been 26 or 27 February, because I say in my first post that I had already sown them, and I got them on 25 February. So. I didn't do anything special--I just stuck them in the soil.

About two weeks later, I noticed a little hypocotyl emerging from the soil! It was the first seed I started for the season, so it was extremely exciting for me! In fact, even after starting hundreds of seeds for a seedling-sale fundraiser, every time I see one germinate, I get excited. Plants are just amazing beings.

Through March, little "Spitfire" grew a few more leaves under fluorescents, with a little boost from the sun (but mostly fluorescents). This plant will remain in my apartment as the more experimental plant; I will sow some at Mr. Yogato and in my community garden plot as well. Let's see how each does in the different environments. I anticipate that the indoor one will have smaller leaves and fewer flowers but be pretty nonetheless.

Maybe the next time I make Maangchi's hwajeon, I'll make it with my home-grown flowers!

I'm growing Nasturtium "Spitfire" for the GROW project. Thanks, to Renee's Garden for the seeds.

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7 Responses to Seed GROW Project, For-Real #1

  1. That looks like a pretty nifty project! I hope the plant takes off like crazy!

  2. I'll be interested to see how the three different locations affect the nasturtiums. They look like they're off to a great start!

  3. Kenneth,

    Your indoor-gardening skills amaze me. Congrats on the seedlings. Like Colleen, I'm curious about how they'll react to the different conditions.

  4. I get the same way when I see a seed germinate. It's so amazing that something that looks like a small pebble and turn into a beautiful plant.

  5. After reading this I'm tempted to try keeping one of mine inside. Now that I think about it, they might make good houseplants if given enough light. If I remember correctly, they like to dry out a bit and not have much attention, like many other houseplants. I'm going to have to consider this!

    Also, I'm really impressed with the oodles of seedlings I see in the background of the second photo. Way to go!

  6. I don't think I like nasturtium. They just seem to lanky (even large plants). Sorry. True feelings alert. Good luck though!

  7. DragonStone, thanks! I'm hoping they do well, too. Fern, I'm hoping this'll be beautiful. Nasturtium are prone to spider mites indoors. They get horrible. We'll see how they do!

    Colleen and MrBrownThumb, my hypothesis is that the one at the community garden will do best, followed by Mr. Yogato, then the indoor garden. (See spider mite note above.)

    Erin, I look forward to comparing how our nasturtium do!

    Aerelonian, dude--eat a few. You won't mind the appearance if you use the leaves or flowers in a nice salad. :P


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