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Old 02-03-2009, 07:38 AM
op1 op1 is offline
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hey ron- hows it goin? have a question on seed germination. looking back on old posts i see you recommend the wet paper towels, then vermiculite tray. my question is this: is the tray on a flood and drain set-up, or is it a flood and stay flooded set-up? also- do you put the vermiculite in the grow rocks, or try to wash off as much as you can before putting in the hydro garden? thanks op

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Old 02-03-2009, 07:40 AM
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You can forgo the napkin step if you want to and just use a cutting tray filled with vermiculite soaked with about 1/2 gallon of plant starter solution like Olivia's Cloning Solution or Ortho's Plant Starter. Don't forget to adjust the pH to around 5.5 Make small holes about 1/4 inch deep and plant each seed in it's own hole. You can cover the tray with a clear top until the seeds start to sprout then remove it.
When the plants are big enough to grab hold of, use a fork to loosen the vermiculite and dip the root ball in a glass of water and the vermiculite will fall away from the roots. Carefully put your grow rocks around the plant roots in your cups. Water immediately.

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