| Papaveraceae: Meconopsis grandis||
I bought 2 plants from Lacoste Garden Centre for $12.95 each and set them out.
They are both crisp and dead-looking.
February 15: I watered last years cells again.
March 10: No sprouts so I discarded them.
January 12: Two sprouts.
They apparently have their seed coats still on, or else are growing upside down.
They appeared 1 and 2 days after I moved the cells into some light.
January 26: None left. I allowed the cells to dry out.
February 17: I began watering them again.
April 7: No sprouts, so I discarded them.
I planted 10 more seeds in a 9-pak.
The seeds were in the refrigerator, and had been for some time.
I filled the cells with soil mix,
then covered it with a starter mix that was equal sand, vermiculite, and peat,
screened to be quite fine then microwaved.
I gently pushed the seeds into the surface, put a drop of water on each seed,
and put them under the lights in the basement grow table.
Here's hoping; those were my last seeds.
May 7: Two sprouts, one right side up and one apparently upside down,
with the seed coat in the ground and the root up.
I think I will leave it since helping others didn't work.
28: The previous 2 sprouts have died, but 2 more seeds have sprouted.
Unfortunately they are growing just as abnormally.
January 3: Seeds arrived today from Thompson and Morgan, US$4.29.
May 21: I started 9 cells today, with 2 seeds per cell.
They are in a plastic bag under the basement lights.
June 5: The seeds are sprouting.
They are on the surface of their soil, and I can see roots developing.
June 6: More root development, but no green yet.
June 8: I decided that the roots were not getting into the soil,
so I covered the root portions with soil and watered them down.
June 16: The seeds I helped mostly died of fungus.
There are about 3 tiny seedlings now.
They grow very slowly!
I put them outside today for the first time.
June 27: None left.
The last seedling looked fine 2 days ago with possible growth developing between the seed leaves,
looked sick yesterday, and is gone today.
December 20: I started 9 cells today, with 1 seed per cell.
They are in a plastic bag near the basement floor, temperature 15.5 C.
I pushed the seeds about 1 mm into the soil.
I put the remaining seeds in the refrigerator, still in their package.
Thompson and Morgan were sold out.