The year 2009 was a drought year in the country. But this year its been raining and raining and raining. The monsoon arrived on time and though my period in this house is numbered I could not resist the gardening urge. I always buy seeds from all places I visit and I have accumulated quite a few packets that are more than an year old. I planted the okra and coimbatore namakathirikkai (brinjal) seeds . The okra germination was very poor and I could only get a total of around six plants from the whole packet. Brinjal, I planted only 10 cups. I used paper cups for the seed starting. Six of them are thriving. In additon I got the following seeds from Indam online. They were very prompt in sending me the seeds and even added a good cap in the dispatch . I like their payment mode better compared to biocarve seeds (Planstman seeds). There were four categories summer rainy, winter rainy all year and winter. I had a little set back due to damping off and dog damage (of all the things).
- Marigold hybrid vaniila – 60 per cent germination (Rs 50 for 10 seeds). I have two growing making them Rs 25 each
- Hybrid Zinnia Dreamland mix – 100 per cent germination but lost quite a few to damping off. Rs 50 down the drain
- Coleus rainbow mix – my greatest disappointment; only two of the twenty five seeds germinated. (Rs 35 for 25 seeds)
- Brinjal Supriya Hybrid . 90 % germination
- Coriander multi cut – 100 % germination
- Bittergourd hybrid Rs 25
The cost of the seeds are quite high for the number of seeds and when even there is one less germinating they should add overages for this. My bitter gourd plants are really looking healthy though I find that in rainy season even seeds from fruits bought at the market grow well and yield well. Otherwise I am happily waiting for the fruits of labour especially for the white marigold to flower.
PS: Unfortunately two dogs who think my house is their abode toppled my seed pans kept on the staircase to avoid direct rain. I lost more of the precious plants. But one lesson I learnt is from the one and only uprooted and de-rooted Zinnia seedling . I just planted it anyway and surprise surprise – it is still surviving and flourishing. So I have left a coleus plant that should cost me Rs 35. (How crazy can I be; should have collected cuttings from various sources).
So guys lessons to be learnt from my experiment
- Plant those precious seeds costing Rs 50 two at a time.
- Don’t top water seedlings. It caused the damping off in Zinnia.
- Well don’t buy coleus – collecting cuttings over time may yield a better mix.
Did I learn from my mistakes? Heck No!!! There I have gone and done it again. I have ordered a batch of seeds from biocarve and waiting for them.
The two survivors of vanilla marigold
The lone zinnia that survived through uprooting
Bye for now