Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Primula acaulis Germination
It's the last post of the year and I have some new seedlings! I am excited to see that my recently-sown Primula acaulis "Danova Rose-Lavender Shades" seeds have germinated. I actually want to grow the more hardy Primula auricula, but have failed at that many times.
I simply sowed these on the surface of the seed-starting mix in a small pot and placed the pot in a humidity dome for a few weeks. The dome sits on a heating mat, which provides bottom heat that some plants like. Apparently these seeds like the heat too.
I spotted 4 seedlings among the mossy-perlite particles. Hopefully I can raise these to be healthy little plants. Although Primula acaulis is listed often as hardy to zone 4 or 5, I am going to try them out here in zone 1b. Of course, we get a great deal of snow, which provides some winter protection. Who knows what will happen?
Unfortunately, the snow doesn't keep our cars warm. This is an issue in our house as RLM has decided against the remote-start feature on our next vehicle. Maybe -33 degrees Celsius is NOT cold enough for him? At least our chosen vehicle will have heated seats -- much like my seedlings have been enjoying for years!