Monday, March 25, 2013
A Jungle Under the Lights
Winter may continue to fiercely hug the landscape here in central Wisconsin; but indoors, in my grow room I have a tiny jungle. Impatiens, gerbera, and nicotiana are blooming. The brightly-colored coleus are growing cheerily. The transplants for the family garden are germinating and will soon demand their own space.
From this picture of my cleome seedlings you can see the uneven germination and growth rate that makes them problematic for commercial growers. This is a problem with cleome started from seed, and nicotiana and petunia, too. Probably why so much of this stuff is actually a single clone. And we wonder why a fungus can threaten to wipe out an entire crop like impatiens.
So, Spring, whenever you decide to make you way here, I'm ready for you!