Not a huge amount on this topic/region here so thought i would start this thread.
I have a north facing (southern hemisphere so facing the sun) block reasonably protected east, south and west.
Picked up some White Widow and Blueberry Autos from ILGM. I was going to wait until the lead in to August full moon to plant, but have decided to chance a couple of each seeds into the July full moon this weekend instead. July is the absolute dead of winter but we have global warming right?
Planted 2 seeds of each using the paper towell/covered plates method inside. I soaked the seeds for 24 hours in room temp tap water before placing the water/seeds onto plates. Kept the WW and Blues seperate.
The WW had both popped within 48 hours, one clearly ahead of the other.by about half a day in root length development. So, at 72 hours with a half inch root, it has gone into a jiffy pot and sandwich bag , still inside our house Smidge of rooting liquid in the water used to expand the jiffy pot. So, this at 72 hours from placing seeds in water. I will transplant the other WW into a Jiffy Pot tomoz, so at days/96 hours.
The Blueberries are a day or so behind. I read somewhere they like a bit more heat so perhaps understandable. The seeds have swollen nicely and they both look like they have cracked, just waiting for that tap root to appear on them.
So, looks like 100% from 4 seeds - awesome.
I have a plastic covered 600lt 2m x 1m fibreglass bed that these babies will go into over the next few days. The soil is garden stuff from home with leaf mulch, blood n bone, fire ash, 1x 100lt bag perlite, topped w sugar cane mulch. I expect to have 8 plants in this.
In terms of ongoing fertiliser, I only plan on using a bit of 0/13/14 liquid feed once they hit their post veg cycle.
There are plenty of downside risks but prepared to have a crack at this time of year. Our winters are milder with average temps now 14/15C. Warmer under the plastic and i will uncover them to stiffen stems and get some air transfer happening. Their last few weeks of life will coincide with the first week of Spring (September here.) Again, weather has been warmer, so we should get plenty of days in the low 20C range that time as the buds start to fatten.
Thanks to those who have contributed here beforehand. Done a lot of reading and hope to avoid rookie mistakes where possible.
I will put up some progressive photos from time to time and wont fudge any fubars.
I don’t smoke, just love growing stuff, this is an extension of my food growing passion.
See how we go