I got my crappy old propagator out last Sunday, 13th January 2013 and sowed the tobacco seeds. They have germinated. Here are a couple of pics:
There’s the propagator. The plastic thing inside which comprises the cells is bat at, but it still works.
It is difficult to see the seedlings, but all cells have some.
There. That’s better. The seedlings are the dots. In a week or so, I’ll start taking out seedlings which are crowded together, leaving those which are as widely spaced as possible. It is a simple matter of extracting them gently with fingers. I’ll leave them in the propagator until they are something like this:
It will probably take at least a month for them to reach that size.
The seeds are described, by the way, as ‘Golden Virginia’. The exact variant is not specified, but the fact that they are Virginia is enough. I went off Monte Calme Yellow when I found out that their leaves are used often as cigar wrappers because they are thinner. I want the fattest leaves that I can get!
In a few days time, once most of the seeds have germinated and grown to 1 cm or so, I’ll take the propagator off the warm shelf in the kitchen and put it on the window ledge in the spare bedroom, which faces South. The temperature in the room is about 20C and the ledge is above a radiator, so they should be happy enough. What I want most of all is to avoid any disasters this year!
Come on, Rose and Frank…… Keep up!