A question from a fellow grower:
Dennis, I ordered seeds a month ago and got them about 10 days ago. I used the water glass method, and once they opened put them in wet paper towels to grow tails. That produced about 8 seeds with tails in about 4 days. Good results – I had ordered 10.
The peat pellets were also watered, expanded, and LEFT uncovered in a kitchen cabinet most of the time the seeds were progressing – about 5 days. Monday I planted the seeds w/tails in the (one week old) pellets, watered well, and covered the tray with its plastic lid.
Tuesday morning there was a bad smell – a kind of ‘chemical’ smell – coming from the pellets so I moved them into low light and fresh air without any cover. The first seed poked thru that day and 2 more the day after. (Tuesday, Wednesday)
However that ‘chemical smell’ has not left the peat pellets and there’s very little progress this morning (Thursday). It’s hard to describe this smell, it reminds me of some liquid chemical like flormalgahide? – very different compared to the smell of real earth. This unnatural pellet odor is probably not good for the seedlings. 3 seeds did take off quick this week but that may be due to the root growth they had going into the pellets Monday.
What do you think? Is there anything I can do at this point to move what I have - 3/4 very little starters - out of the pellets? I may lose even the four I have if I don’t do something. I’m open to ideas…