Friday, January 01, 2010

Cosy up to the Grow Lights!

Happy New Years! It was a crisp -37C day when we woke up this morning. I don't bother feeling guilty about not walking the dog at these temperatures. Someday we'll get out on the lake for a good walk, but just not yet.

What a day this is to be contemplating cacti! My mother tucked a package of these giant saguaro seeds (Carnegiea gigantea) into one of my Christmas gifts. I'm foregoing the winter escape to Arizona this year, but perhaps I can grow a little bit of Arizona up here in the land of northern lights (see forecast) and sled dogs. The saguaro flower is the state flower of Arizona and the enormous succulent is an iconic feature of its deserts. The instructions say to plant the seeds in 1/8 inch deep very moist sandy soil and they will germinate in 3 to 10 days. We'll see how they do under the grow lights of my basement!

The Kaffir lime plant is 3 months old and looking good. I hope to get some tasty leaves for cooking out of this plant:

This "Red Robin" cherry tomato produced about 8 fruit before I hacked it down because of damaged leaves and unshapely form. In the past 11 days, it produced this new growth, including a cluster of flower buds. The biggest problem I have with growing cherry tomatoes under lights is that the plants get too tall. Secondly, they require a fairly big pot, which reduces the room for the plant under the lights. I have my lights set as high as can be accommodated by my shelf. Ideally, I'd like to find an extremely low plant with a nearly creeping habit.


Clayton said...

Hey good to see your posts again!

Plants look healthy and that is good. So far I have only a couple of things I am keeping for next summer and some cuttings of Strepto. Cascade Blue.
Happy New Year!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Happy New Year girl !
I love the potential of those amazing seeds .. and I am going to set up my little grow light garden soon as well .. we really need that extra special touch during these long dark winter months don't we ? Roll on Spring ?? LOL

easygardener said...

I can't imagine those temperatures and I see why you have such a short growing season.
Tomato wise perhaps you should try the sort that grow well in hanging baskets - 'Tumbler', 'Hundreds and Thousands' or 'Tumbling Tom Red'. They were recommended in one of our newspapers recently.
Happy New Year.

Kate said...

Hello and Happy New Year :)
Your blogging adventures remind me of my own when I lived in bitterly cold Minnesota. How cool to have a giant cactus is your plant room? Stay warm.

O.I.M said...

-37??? I can't even begin to imagine that. and yet there you are growing all those great, green plants. good luck with that and have a great gardening year in 2010.