The 'Jiffy' Method

After the 'soak' method attempt (see potted up seeds in cups in background) and the 'baggie' method attempt I forayed into the 'jiffy' peat pellet method.  About the size of an egg carton with a dozen pellets, with the greenhouse cover and the perfect size to fit the window sill.  Labeling was a problem so I made a map (each seed was a different cross) and I used the corn cob holders to make sure I had the container right way around to match my map.

Did it work?  Well, again, yes and no.  From a 'germination' point of view it worked well.  But from a 'seedling' point of view, not so much.

I managed to get 11* of 12 seeds sprouted.  Interestingly enough it was the pellet in the upper right hand corner (see last picture above) that did not sprout.  I don't know what it means that there appears to be a 'dead' zone in the condensation pattern above that very pellet.  If anyone knows the answer, I'd love to hear it.

* Even though 11 seeds sprouted, only 6 seedlings are currently surviving.  I think that the mesh pellet covering eventually obstructs the root systems.

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