So it has been 2 weeks since sowing my first round of onions in tubs, and 1 week since sowing leeks and a second round of onions in seed starting trays. Seems like longer.
So here were the onions this morning:
They were about 5" tall, and following advice I have found on Gardenweb (http://forums.gardenweb.com/discussions/3627591/seed-starting-time), I decided to trim those straggely ends off today.
The trimmings smelled awesome, I will eat them when they get bigger. You can see through the tub the roots have already reached the bottom of the tub. The large tub seems to be working fine, next time I will just stick with that. It does stay moist for many days, but the onions don't seem to mind.
The Megaton Leeks (on the left) sprouted very fast, 4 days or so, and 8 days post sowing the second wave are all coming up like crazy:
The way this winter is going, I am hopeful to get these all in the ground nice and early, before the end of March. Looking forward to starting the artichokes, maybe next weekend.
The onions that were given a haircut basically stopped growing the seed leaf at that time, probably coincidental. They have started growing their first true leaves, but this seems to be going much slower. You can see them at the bottom of the seed leaf if you look closely.
The leeks and onions in the seed starting tray are growing at a similar pace to the tubs.
It has been 3 weeks since the tub onion sowing, and 2 weeks since the trays.
Some of the onions in the tub needed a haircut, but most did not. The seed leaf has definitely stopped growing, probably from when the first true leaves appeared.
The onions in the trays are actually not growing quite as vigorously as the tubs, believe it or not. I will definitely stick with the tubs next year. It is very dry in the house with the heat and I think they prefer the more even moisture the tubs can provide. Now I will have to transplant these seedlings into a clump and that won't be an easy task. I am waiting another week. The picture below of the seed starting tray has the same age seedlings as the first tub pictures above. The leeks (on the left) are also less vigorous than the onions, despite germinating sooner.
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My name is Peter and I am a gardener in the Lower Hudson Valley. This is my third year growing a very large garden, from seed. This is my journal.