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Monday, February 27 View Page
Couldn’t wait - 1501 Wagner19 – started in the family room to work it’s way up the curtain cord, across the top of the curtains, over the chain to the hanging lamp, back to the curtain rod and finally over the corner cabinet by spring. Hopefully, will again have loads of flowers along the way. Also got my seeds from the auction today - 9 seeds all from >2,000 pounders - A couple from >2,500 lbs!! unheard of 5 years ago. What a dynamic sport!
Tuesday, February 28 View Page
My Home Depot Germinator – where it all begins. A few pots of basil starting for spring cooking. Kins seeds to populate the top shelf end of March to go into the Cheapo 7x7x15 outdoor pipe and plastic heated (3 small heaters off a commercial thermostat) greenhouse in early April and in the patch over cable 2 weeks later. Well, that’s the plan, anyway. My Night Blooming Cereus winters well here – water it monthly. The issue is getting it in and out the door spring and fall - now a 5 year old monster – judged one of the 10 most beautiful flowers on the planet – blooming repeatedly all summer on my deck. What a treat.
Thursday, March 2 View Page
Team 2023: 8 on the first team, and those below the pencil 5 on the bench. Additional reserves in the mailing envelop. Plan to germinate 2 seeds each week for 3 or 4 weeks, working from top pair down, thus leading to planting 2 vines in opposite directions over cable in heated tent about April 15. Then another sprout side by side those the next week, etc. As usual, some will be lost along the way – stepped on, kinked, split stems, screwed up stem, froze because the breaker blew in the middle of a cold night etc. A “next up” will be available, hopefully leading to the difficult decision which one of opposite growing pairs will be culled to commit the season (Hate that day!). Sometimes method results in the 2 vines being as much as 2-3 weeks different in age. Careful reread here reveals my first 2 seeds rarely make it to May, so should I geminate the best 1st? NO! I save my best for 2nd planting. I’m sure everybody does this, so no new ideas here.
Thursday, March 9 View Page
Indoor 1501 Wagner just showing its 2 true leaf, 2nd specimen just showing. Used a method on #2 I saw last week on BP.com to FULLY remove the seed case – all the way down to the root tip. These seeds are old, and very few previously sprouted in soil or wet paper towel in a baggy. Put in 3 such preparations – 1 came up. Anyway – removing the entire hull doesn’t seem to kill the seed. Also collected patch soil to send for testing and Round Up on all the spring weeks in prep to tilling.
Sunday, March 19 View Page
Wagner 1501 House Plant – day 31. Got my soil reports from Western Labs – as double talked as usual. Not high grades for labeling but at least have some basic guidance how to get started before spring tilling. Plan to start my first pair of seeds on April 4 and 2nd set around April 9 or 10 depending on first set germination. Plan to set up El Cheapo greenhouse over the back lawn next to the patch with heaters and thermostats next week and start recording interior minimum night temps on the logger. Goal: planted vine outgrows greenhouse around May 15.
Saturday, March 25 View Page
Decided to move the 2218 Cardenas from the 1st germination pair to the 2nd a week later on the advice of Ben– given I tend to routinely screw up the 1st seeds somehow – usually in the green tent stage – kink, step on, freeze, cook, over-enthusiastic attention (that’s the REAL killer) and the 2nds are commonly the season sponsors. Team #1-2175Urena and 2520Schmit; #2-2218Cardenas and 1953Daletas ; #3-2191Uhlmeyer and 1893Daletas , Sure hope we don’t need teams 4 and 5.
Saturday, March 25 View Page
this thing REALLY works well ($114 Amazon) – commercial thermostat, 3 heaters, temp logger, Use this green “tent” for all the early spring stuff we start in the house germinator (tomatoes, pumpkins etc) just set on the lawn next to the patch, while I do the spring patch preparation, including an area the size of the tent (7x15) tilled for planting. Then move it with the potted plants to the tilled patch area – get everybody used to the new digs, watch the planting hill temperature over cables and plant the #1 seedlings (in opposite directions), and a week later the number 2’s side by side #1s. From there, it’s a race as to who gets culled over the ensuing weeks. Meanwhile #3’s and # 4’s started over next 2 weeks to replace any losses along the way. I think this assures I’ll have 2 vines for the summer, almost no matter HOW many I step on.
Friday, March 31 View Page
Well, THAT didn’t last long – all geared up to install the electrical and spray systems and they predict massive storms here tomorrow – 40-70mph winds (? 90mph) in some parts of Pennsylvania. The tent, AKA kite, would certainly be history (again) so took down a lot of good work and stored it back in the shed (hope we still have a shed) – then do it again next week. Exactly WHY do we do this ??!! can’t not.
Thursday, April 6 View Page
LET THE SEASON BEGIN!. 1st team – 2530 Schmit and 2125Urena; Plan to start 2nd team – 1953 Daletas and 2218 Cardenas in 1 week and finally 3rd Team 2191 Uhlmeyer and 1893 Daletas a week later. 2 will get to serve.
Friday, April 7 View Page
THE AMENDMENTS ! 900 sq ft patch -35 lbs 10-10-10; 4 lbs potash; 6 oz MnSO4; 2 lbs Epson salt, 3 lbs elemental S (90% S), 1 oz Borax –( really?) All mixed up for single spreader application. Evenly spread 3/4 before adding 8 bags cow manure and the extra 1/4 to till into 2 hills and first 10' of vine growth.
Friday, April 7 View Page
Rough in 2 hills and 1st 10’ of growth. Next week move the hills to imbed the cables and move hills back over cable. (hate double work) and ready to move the 7x7x15 greenhouse tent in about 3 weeks. Goal – vine outgrows the tent by May 15.
Saturday, April 8 View Page
tiny root emerging after only 36 hours in a wet paper towel in a baggy over a warmer pad.
Saturday, April 8 View Page
Giant pumpkin vine as a house plant (rope to curtain rod now in place). Wife dealing with it.
Sunday, April 9 View Page
Tiny root emerging 36 hours in wet paper towel in baggy over warming pad. Photo didn't transmit above
Monday, April 10 View Page
Heating Cables in place
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
Greenhouse holding the home growns. 2520Schmitt in the center ready to plant. Green house over grass while finishing patch prep – Should be ready to move it over the hills and cables in a few days. Temp varies between low set heating point of 55 during cool spring nights to 105 deg midday in the sun with the door and windows open.
Sunday, April 23 View Page
In the Dirt today. Foreground heading west -2520 Schmitt – (started 4/4), in the back, 1953Daletas heading east (started 4/17) – that one looks strong. The 2175 Urena and 2218 Cardenas never germinated. Started team 3 today as back ups to these – 2192 Uhlmeyer and 1893 Daletas. Hope to have 2 heading in each direction, culling the loser in a few weeks.
Sunday, April 23 View Page
Hey Spooner. MY houseplant is bigger than YOUR houseplant. Climbed the rope to now only inches of the curtain rod, and soon within striking distance of the hanging lamp chain. If successful to the lamp, will extend a rope to the corner cabinet. 1501 Wagner - 60 days. Wife not really a fan of the project. Next year, plan soakin’ a seed for New Year’s. Maybe we’re starting a new sport – like the 150 sq ft’ers. Who can reach the corner cabinet by Memorial Day! Actually, it's really cool having a wreath of pumpkin flowers outlining our bay window. Maybe I'll add another pinch of Borax to the water.
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
Likely the first Giant Pumpkin flower in the State of Pennsylvania. Growing Giant American Pumpkins as an indoor house plant – Brilliant. The little guys in the heated tent not happy with this cold weather rainy weather- it's midday and only 49 deg, cold wind, no sun. Hope they weren't set back a few weeks in growth.
Wednesday, May 10 View Page
2520 Schmitt stem is flattening – disappointing. Planting back up 2192 Uhlmeyer today for a head to head. I think my soil cables failed – ground temp was up to 74 last week – now back down to 60. Spring weather FINALLY improving - warmer days and nights.
Thursday, May 11 View Page
Final time in the dirt. All germinated seeds now in the soil – lead plant, the 2520 is growing slowly and has a ribbon stem– last year my vines outgrew the green house by May 15 – now barely 5 good leaves – I think the soil temp screw up is at fault. Left Forground 2520 Schmit (4/4), right foreground 2192 Uhlmeyer (4/23) back left 1953Daletas (4/17) and right, tiny 2261Schmit (popped up 5/7). MUCH better weather coming! Still – despite a few days ahead with first seeds, 2-3 weeks behind in growth. Darn junk heating cables.
Thursday, May 25 View Page
My big guy, 2520 Schmit with a ribbon main has now a bifurcated growing tip – can follow the division back along the main as an indent until it splits. I think this make my best vine a cull – can’t let it keep growing with secondaries extending back and forth over the other, and likely cutting off one will simply result in half nutrition lost – I don’t think this main will grow new channels across the indentation and split. Any Advice out there?
Wednesday, May 31 View Page
Schmit is growing nicely, but don’t know what to do with the bifurcation, so I’ll let it be for now, pending advise from any grower having dealt with this before. First 6’ of main stem remains flattened, but less so distally. ALREADY HAS FEMALE BUDS! The males aren’t close to open. 2192 growing normally (how novel) and the 2 reserves also growing normally. Time for culling coming soon. (hate that day)


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