The purple zinnias are sprouting!
Well, that’s a record, at least for me. Two days after I planted seeds in the peat pellets, the first flowers have popped up. Yep, only two days
after I planted them, purple zinnias are sprouting, along with a few pinwheel zinnias. I have never had seeds sprout that fast. Of course, the peat pellets are sitting in a mini greenhouse on my patio and it’s been in the low 90s the past two days. Plus, it only got down to about 78 or 79 overnight.
I certainly didn’t expect the seeds to sprout this quickly. Now I can’t wait to see what comes up in another day or two!
In addition to the purple zinnias sprouting in the upper right, several of the pinwheel zinnia seeds (in fourth row) also are peeking out of the peat pellets.
The vincas have recovered nicely after being transplanted into this container.
I quit using peat when I learned where it comes from. Compost works like a boss for sprouting seeds in a jiffy!
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More info please Shannon!
Delicate peat bogs are harvested for these products. I’m working on a post about it, but the long and short is that sprouting seedlings in peat would be akin to wiping your butt with the redwoods (a/k/a making TP from old growth forest). Many just don’t make the connection with garden store products, particularly where it is peat even comes from.
That’s the downside (upside?) about being vegan, Julie. Once you begin questioning in one area, the spigot to learn more remains open in other areas as well. I only learned about peat through curiosity. I started digging (no pun) and went back to my granddaddy’s tried and true way for sprouting seeds — compost.