Using both indoor an outdoor sowing methods a new prairie of warm season bunch grasses, and forbs.
Indoor MethodsIndoor Medium: Peat pots Indoor growing environment: Heat mat, 2 florescent lights on 12 hours. 1 plant light, 1 plain. Side oats grama propagation
Indoor sowing results produced leaves within seven days when laid on top of the soil kept very moist. To increase chances of further propagation I have moved some seeds upward within the peat pot so they are on top of the soil. Doing so, I found two seeds with either roots or the very beginnings of leaves.
Koeleria propagation notes
Like side oats grama, the koeleria produces leaves in about 7 days when the seeds are wet and on the surface. Four out of 10 propagated. The others have been re-seeded or watered to further propagation. The light blue grass seed I collected from Wayside show the same results.
3/26 Many more seeds have germinated with the change in approach to ensure the seeds are at the surface. So many so that each peat pot has 4-6 sprouts per pot. Forbs – No notes of yet as none have germinated as of 3/29.
Dates of preparation and planting
- 3/29 Indoor sowing
- 3/22 Indoor sowing
- Dalea Purpurea – 3/29 no sign yet.
- 3/16 Indoor sowing
- Koeleria macrantha 3/22 4 of 18
- Sideoats Grama 3/22 3 of 18
- 3/7 Stratification fridge
- 3/7 Outdoor sowing
- Sideoats grama
- Light blue grass
- Koeleria macrantha
- 3/7 Moved to Window
- Light blue grass x3
- Penstemon x1
- 2/28 Indoor sowing
- Light blue grass x6 3/7 3 0f 6. More added 3/22.
- Penstemon x6 3/7 1 of 6
- Liatris punctata collected native. 0/12
Of all that Outdoor only sowing: Dalea purpea will go both outside and inside. See: outdoor sowing 2021 for pictures of areas seeded outdoors. For Tips on other seeds like vegetables see