Friday, February 25, 2011

You know you're a plantaholic when ...

You know you're a plantaholic when you are germinating seeds right next to your bed. I give you the Dirt Gently Nursery for Slightly Fungus-ridden Toilet Paper Rolls:

Yes, this is the flat of toilet paper rolls that I had moved out of my propagation station and onto the top of my fridge due to an incipient fungus invasion. (Edit: I moved the flat to my bedroom because it turns out that the top of my fridge isn't quite warm enough to keep the flat at 20°C, mostly due to the fact that the kitchen and adjoining living room are unheated overnight. Overnight temperatures in that part of the apartment drop down to 8°C. On the other hand, keeping my relatively small bedroom 24/7 at a reasonable germination temperature is far more economical. So no, I did not move the seed flat into my bedroom because I'm crazy :D )

After treating with a sprinkling of cinnamon and watering with chamomile tea, the white fluffy stuff seems to have stopped growing, and some of the seed has even germinated quite vigorously:

The bok choy is going gangbusters, and I can see the moonflower (Ipomoea alba) sprouts unfurling and breaking the surface of the growing medium.

I was always under the impression that monocots had a single seed leaf due to their having only a single cotyledon, and dicots, two. But, the bok choy seems to have four distinct leaves. That's a bit weird ... can someone explain to me what's going on here? Are the four leaves in the picture above actually true leaves, or simply pairs of bilobed seed leaves?


  1. I love this pictures, its true... you know when your addicted to plants when.. Alas it's a beautiful disease! :) I'm always happy to meet fellow plant enthusiasts.