While mainland Australia is burning, down my way its been very cool. In fact single digits Celsius cool. No matter Ive started regardless. This seedlings are 17 days old. They were started inside, under 36 W tubes, then upped to 110 W tubes for 7 days. On day 7-8 they are now outside full-time. They go into a greenhouse at night to protect from the cold and critters. I have a mix of 3 x WW, 2 x JH, 1 x AK-47 - All Autos plus 1 x NL#5 feminised. I lost 2 auto’s that germinated, but did not produce cotyledon leaves. So losing 2 from 8 is not bad.
I am using Canna Professional(first time) this year for 3 of the autos and my own usual mix of premium potting, compost(store bought), B & B, some perlite and vermiculite. But not as much as last year as the roots I feel are tough and will find their way through anything. Making the medium too soft and fluffy is unnecessary I am starting to believe. IN fact in the jiffy starter square pots I use that go straight into the grow bags, this year I packed in the seed starter as hard as possible. In less than 7 days there were white root tips out the bottom of each pot. I potted-on straight away.
If we had more warm days they would be a little further along I feel. But nevertheless they appear healthy and getting bigger each day.
I have added some pics from last year’s efforts to remind me of why I love this hobby so much. The purple heads are NL #5 and 4-5 months old. It is very sleepy time smoke and mellow. I experimented with molasses and the surgery. I ended up with alot of sweet crystals