What are you starting the seeds in? I start mine in an organic seed starter mix. It has been my experience thus far that the plants do take quite some time to grow to a height that I am comfortable with placing into my AP system. Hope that helps a little.
Sorry if that came off as snobbish, I wasn't correcting you out of some strange desire to be right. I don't usually nitpick about details and words, but I thought since that this is a soil-less growing forum, that was something that should be pointed out. Hopefully my reason for saying anything was interpreted correctly. Since I can't see your face or hear your voice and you can't mine, I just thought I'd specify that.
Pat James said:
Oh, just a side note. I'm about 85% sure on this one, but castings and compost are not considered "soil". So that is technically a soil-less media
Yeah, it's soil...sorta. One of the guys on my main gardening blog likes to say "Soil is what you grow in...dirt is what you knock off your boots"
I have had trouble with cilantro and celery.
I was using whole cilantro seeds then I switched and use the seeds after I break them up or they are in 1/2. Pre-soaking cilantro works okay too. I grow micro greens and they give me a hard time. I have tried them in burlap, small cinders and potting soil and small cinders has worked the best for me so far with potting soil next. I have found that they need 2 weeks or more.
Celery was the same It took 3 weeks to get it to germinate. I was using a seed called Utah 47 I think and never got it to germinate. Then I switched to a Chinese celery and it germinates on burlap and cinders but takes 3 weeks.
I keep them dark, humid and warm.
I've been using cilantro seeds from Johnny's Selected Seeds, a variety called 'Santo' (LOT# 36369 from 2011), and they've been germinating at real well (over 90%) in just hydroton. (Producing real well all winter long too). No pre-soak or breaking them up or anything...Thanks for the tips though :)
All i can say is WOW!!!!!!!!!!
Have had no luck with Cilantro. My wife has accused me of sabotage because I am not a big fan, I just like it in salsa. I have tried 3 times now and they start to grow and turn yellow and die? Any tips?
Vlad Jovanovic said:
Sorta-kinda...I'm pretty sure things like compost and castings fall into the category (organic matter)...and organic matter like that only makes up 3% to 5% of most 'decent' plant growing soil...My cilantro has always been started in 100% hydroton and has grown monstrously.
Yeah, I'm not a huge fan either (I dig the stuff, but as far as I'm concerned...a little goes a looong way). The missus on the other hand just loves the stuff...
How tall, and how many true leaves form before they yellow and die Bob?