March 4th, 2013
Transplanting in the Headhouse
Posted by Francesca
After we toured the seedlings growing in the greenhouse, we found Ryan busy at work in the headhouse. Ryan was carefully separating tiny seedlings and replanting them in individual plugs. It was quite fascinating to watch.
1 GK, There's Ryan hard at work. Let's find out what he's doing.
2 GK, this is all new to you, but I can speak from experience that he's transplanting seedlings that he himself started from seed.
3 First he sprinkled the seeds in a rectangular flat filled with growing medium.
4 Once those seeds sprout and start to grow, Ryan carefully separates the plants and puts them into individual growing containers.
5 You see, GK, Ryan says it's best to do this when the plants are small, like these, because they actually handle the shock of transplanting quite well.
6 It's quite labor-intensive but not all seeds sprout and if he planted one seed per plug, he'd have some that would be empty.
7 You're very patient and very good at this, Ryan.
8 This jar contains lavender seeds that Martha's father harvested from his own lavender plants in 1964! That was a long time ago.
9 You say that if you plant them they'll actually germinate because the seeds have been kept air-tight all these years?
10 That's just so amazing to me!
11 Martha's father's legacy will live on in lavender plants.
12 So you can drop them one by one, like this.
13 Or you can use this handy little seed sower to sprinkle them. I can't wait to see this lavender sprout! Won't Martha be so happy?
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