[Arisaema-l] What Happened To My Seedlings

DAVID LEEDY djleedy at sbcglobal.net
Sat Dec 28 18:23:19 CET 2013

Thank you Louse and all,

I guess I will have to cut up my screen wire to fit the pots.  Generally I use my screen wire at the bottom of the pots covered with grit/gravel/perlite to keep "things" from climbing in and to keep planting mix from going out.

Before the rains of this Fall and before the seeds sprouted, I purchased some shower caps (10 for a dollar) and placed these over the pots to keep birds out and humidity in.  However, now with the seedlings, I want them to gain the strength from growing in the air and sun.  Your idea will work.

David Leedy

 From: Louise Parsons <parsont at peak.org>
To: Arisaema Enthusiast Group <arisaema-l at science.uu.nl> 
Sent: Saturday, December 28, 2013 10:22 AM
Subject: Re: [Arisaema-l] What Happened To My Seedlings

Mice can also uproot seedlings or seeds with little, if any, visible 
soil disturbance.

Generally I place seed pots in a heavy plastic utility box with holes 
drilled in the bottom. It is lined with spun poly fabric ("remay") to 
keep worms and most bugs out. A thick layer of pumice is placed on top 
of the fabric. Any sort of grit would work fine.

There is enough depth to these boxes to place seed pots on top of the 
pumice and cover each box with an old window screen and/or a piece of 
hardware cloth, weighted down with a couple of small bricks. Not only 
does screen protect from various bugs and critters, it also keeps our 
heavy winter rain from compacting soil.

All the best for a bloomin' fine 2014!

Louise Parsons

Chilly Corvallis, western Oregon
This year's mintemp so far = -18 degrees C
(Arisaema seed pots are in our basement this winter.)

On 12/28/2013 07:31 AM, Ellen Hornig wrote:
> Mother Nature is a b***h, David.  If they don't come from above (birds,
> squirrels, chipmunks, mice) they come from below (sow bugs, earwigs).
> If they didn't, the world would be overrun with seedlings.  Consider the
> ratio of seeds to mama plants.  Scary thought!
> Happy Holidays. :-)
> Ellen
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