I first started planting at work for lab experiments: basil, elm trees, carrots, celery, grass, and cowpeas. I tried really hard to germinate vinca, but apparently they are notoriously hard to germinate. They are very picky about their conditions. However, when they do germinate and they are fairly hardy and good over a variety of locales...wonder why they are so picky before then.
Anyway...! I found that it is rewarding (and not really that hard) to grow plants from seeds, transplant, and care for them. So I thought I would try it at home--I planted some dwarf sunflower seeds I had laying around for...a long time (at least a few years). For several weeks (or at least it felt like forever), my little pot sat on my windowsill and contained nothing but dirt and seeds (boring!). Then, magically overnight:
Then, a few days later:
|Look at that lovely cotyledon, and the baby germinating in the back too!|
On a final note, this reminds me of a story my oldest brother told me: My niece (who at the time was about 3 years old) was helping him in the yard, pulling up weeds and the sproutings from helicopter seeds (maple tree seeds) and my sister-in-law (her mom) came home from work and asks what they are doing and her darling answer was "pulling all the cotyledons, mama". Sooooooo cute. For those of you who do not know exactly what cotyledons are.
What about you? Do you like to plant things? What do you think you would grow if you could only pick one thing?