Yesterday and today, 5 to 6 days after I began sprouting seeds using the paper towel and Ziploc bag method, I began transplanting the seedlings to more suitable homes. Some seedlings went into containers and growing bags while others went into my small growing patch in the backyard. See pictures below for some nice visuals.
So, I put some eggplant and butternut squash seeds on a container about 3 weeks ago and they didn't spring up. I'm not sure what may have happened. I may have over or under watered them, or maybe the sun baked them. I have no clue about what exactly may have caused the failure
I was a little disappointed but by no means defeated at this. So, about 5 days ago, I decided to change my methodology. Going to YouTube for guidance and inspiration, I came across an awesome older lady named Mayo that sprouts her seeds by wrapping a handful of them in a wet paper towel. Looking at a related video, I found another guy that uses the same method as Mayo but with one difference: instead of using water to wet the towels, he actually uses a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide. On the video, he says that such a solution encourages germination. Armed with this new knowledge, I decided to run an experiment.
I had some hydrogen peroxide in the bathroom closet, so, I went ahead and made the solution following the second video. I picked up a bunch of ziploc bags from the kitchen, a few paper towels and a bunch of seeds I had been saving and decided to give the paper towel method a try. Here are the seeds that I ended up "paper toweling":
- passion fruit
- butternut squash
Today, July 12, 2017, a full 5 days after "paper toweling" my seeds, it was time to check on their progress. I was very happy to report some pretty good results. See pictures below for details.
I have been reading about the wonders of growing Chayote Squash (AKA chuchu where I come from) for a few weeks now. All reports seem to confirm that:
- it grows like mad once you plant it
- I will need a sturdy trellis to give the vine support
- one plant may yield something like 60 to 100 fruits in one growing season
To those that don't know, chayote has a very mild taste and is used around Latin America in soups or cooked in some ways like a potato. I found the three chayotes I purchased at a Mexican food store here in Los Angeles and I'm allowing all three of them to trow out a good length shoot before planting them around the house.
My plan for them will be to grow them in a 5 gallon grow bag and build trellises that will lead the vine to grow alongside some of my exterior sunny walls on the exterior of my house. I will post more pictures when I actually plant this exotic delicacy.