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September 22, 2012
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INA has a metro station and Jor Bagh is 5 minutes by an auto from INA.

October 7, 2012
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hi guys need help!

my chives are not germinating Cry whats wrong? 

i bought a packet of kraft seeds sprinkled the seeds in a small pot with soil and sprinkled some dirt over it and watered it in and i'v been keeping it moist... nothing yet it has been two weeks. i also tried soaking the seeds overnight to get them to germinate so far that hasn't worked either.

October 10, 2012
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Chives generally take 15 to 20 days to germinate.

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January 16, 2014
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Satish said:

Hi folks:

Considering that we Indians are probably the biggest consumers of culinary herbs, the lack of interest in growing them is really very surprising particularly considering that herbs are so easy to grow even in small pots. In any case, if any of you wishes to grow Chives, I have collected seeds from this year's 'harvest'. I will be happy to send them (FREE) to anyone requiring these. Just provide me your address. The sowing season for Chives is still a long way. You have to sow seeds only once. The bulbs also keep multiplying so you can gift plants to your friends also next year. Regards.

Satish

Hi Satish,

 

I'm a happy-go-lucky Urban gardener and very interested to grow onion chives too! Already have Thyme, Oregano, 3 different types of Basil, Fennel, Sage, Parsley growing :) besides other veggies like cucumbers, 3 different types of tomatoes (Cherry, SanMarzano, Marmande), Watermelon, etc... Let me know if you want seeds for any of these...would be happy to exchange!

I wonder if you still have some seeds to spare - will PM you my address...

 

Thanks!

Amit

January 16, 2014
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Amit,

I do not live in Mumbai but quite nearby, however your exploits have encouraged me to try those herbs again. I have tried growing Oregano, Thyme, Fennel, Sage without any success at all. For me, not a single seed among these have germinated! I sowed them once in October and then again in December. I wonder in what kind of conditions did you happen to grow those herbs? Information such as sowing month, medium, seed source, germination time would go a long way in helping me

Cheers!

January 17, 2014
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They didn't germinate for me at first either - But then I tried again only this time in a couple of very soft tissue papers that were wet thoroughly and then drained out by letting the water drip out. Then place the seeds on the tissues about an inch or two apart and place the whole thing in a box with a cover so that everything stays moist.

 

This way they germinated ranging from 2 days to 2 weeks... Hope this works for you! I recently started a batch about a month ago too...

 

Once they germinate, then you need to carefully pick them up using a toothpick (or anything else suitable so that they don't get damaged), and then transplant them into your soil of choice (I use cocosoil + compost mix).

 

Cheers!

Amit

January 17, 2014
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Thats an interesting piece of advice. Thank you very much! I use cocopeat to get the seeds germinated but your technique is certainly worth a try. Maybe its the cover which is the missing piece! But in that case, do you have a problem with fungus affecting the seeds, due to lack of air flow?

In addition, curious to know how/where you procured the seeds from.

Thanks again & Cheers!

January 18, 2014
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As long as you open up the box now and then to check for germination, air flow shouldn't be a problem. If things still do not work, try dissolving a disprin tablet in 1 litre of water and use that to wet the tissue paper...

 

I got my seeds from various local shops, and seed exchanges with folks around the country.

 

If you are interested in some, let me know. I am interested in anything you may have too!

 

Cheers!

Amit

January 20, 2014
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Interesting idea, would certainly try that if the normal method doesn't work.

On the seed exchange front, my collection is still growing. As a matter of fact, I do have 50 odd seeds of chives lying in my seed collection. I may be able to spare some of those if you need, although I wonder whether the quantity is too meagre to warrant an exchange.

Anyways, I am a newbie, so would be happy to know if there are some ground rules for a seed exchange.

January 20, 2014
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It works for me!! Sprouted some spinach today which I had placed on the tissues 2 days ago... quite quick...

 

Just to confirm - are they onion chives or garlic chives? I'm interested in onion chives (as I already have garlic chives) if you have them and assuming they are OP, then I can simply let a few healthy plants go to seed and then harvest them for the seeds! Would be a great help if you can let me know the exact variety of the chives you have (I'm hopefully going to get some Tokyo Green Onion seeds in an exchange soon! - These are very thin onions almost the thickness of the green shoots that spring up and are used extensively in asian cooking)

 

There are no fixed rules for a seed exchange as such - its a simple barter system... exchanges are made using post/courier where the seeds are ziplocked and sent inside plain envelopes. Of course, the more varieties exchanged means lower overall costs and much more fun too!

 

Let me know if you are interested in any other herbs or veggies for an exchange... I'm interested in different varieties of tomatoes too if you have them...or in any other exotic herbs/veggies as well!

January 20, 2014
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Cant wait to try now!

Although the packet says just "Chives", I am pretty sure they are onion ones (Allium schoenoprasum - thats what FloraFields tells me. Its the portal where I bought them). However, I haven't been able to germinate any of the seeds till now, so let me try your technique and keep you posted of the results before we exchange.

Btw you can take a look at my collection here-

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoHbqDYqYEP9dFQ5eklaR3dXT1BqbS0tNkk2U3NGRWc&usp=sharing 

The list isn't meticulous enough without the name of an exact variety. But if you are interested I can let you know!

January 23, 2014
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All the best!! May the growth be with you Smile

 

Yup that is indeed onion chives. FloraFields has good quality seeds - I have myself ordered from them earlier and the germination rate was very good. Are you sure you are not keeping the germination box in a cold place? Try placing on top of a fridge - feel around the top with your hand - some places would be quite warm/hot whereas others cold, make a judgemant and place somewhere in between and then move it around based on the success you get till you find the right spot. Of course, it would be made much simpler if you had a digital thermometer... but its absolutely not neccessary...

 

I looked at your collection - its a nice one! and yes, I'm indeed interested once you are ready to make the exchange, i'll send you my list too...

January 23, 2014
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hi everyone!

 

I was wondering if anyone can give me some tips on mint... i bought a small plant from the nursery and it looks quite drab and its just sitting there doing nothing...

 

i seem to have trouble growing the plants that are categorized as easy to grow, my other herbs like rosemary, 3 basils, lovage, parsley, lemon balm, lemon grass, dill, curry leaves all seem to be doing very well

 

but easy stuff like lettuce absolutely refuses to sprout Frown

 

oh and on the topic of seed exchange just in case anyone is interested i have custard apple seeds. we have a very old tree in our backyard that gives the most delicious sweet juicy custard apples, this year the birds enjoyed most of them and littered my entire vegetable garden with seeds or maybe the fruits ripened n burst, so i collected them!

 

p.s. i have absolutely no idea if the seeds will germinate or not im going to sow a few and see if they do... i also dont know if they will remain true to type if they do grow, my gardening skills are highly unscientific i do random things and see if they work its all just for fun!

January 23, 2014
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Amit said:

All the best!! May the growth be with you Smile

 

Yup that is indeed onion chives. FloraFields has good quality seeds - I have myself ordered from them earlier and the germination rate was very good. Are you sure you are not keeping the germination box in a cold place? Try placing on top of a fridge - feel around the top with your hand - some places would be quite warm/hot whereas others cold, make a judgemant and place somewhere in between and then move it around based on the success you get till you find the right spot. Of course, it would be made much simpler if you had a digital thermometer... but its absolutely not neccessary...

 

I looked at your collection - its a nice one! and yes, I'm indeed interested once you are ready to make the exchange, i'll send you my list too...

Ah! Someone who knows the ways of the growth Surprised No wonder! -|---------

I like your suggestion. Temperature is definitely a factor. Its colder here than Mumbai by a few degrees so germination rate should certainly be affected. Lets go find a hot-spot! Cool

kritika3 said:

i seem to have trouble growing the plants that are categorized as easy to grow, my other herbs like rosemary, 3 basils, lovage, parsley, lemon balm, lemon grass, dill, curry leaves all seem to be doing very well

 

but easy stuff like lettuce absolutely refuses to sprout Frown

 

oh and on the topic of seed exchange just in case anyone is interested i have custard apple seeds. we have a very old tree in our backyard that gives the most delicious sweet juicy custard apples, this year the birds enjoyed most of them and littered my entire vegetable garden with seeds or maybe the fruits ripened n burst, so i collected them!

 

p.s. i have absolutely no idea if the seeds will germinate or not im going to sow a few and see if they do... i also dont know if they will remain true to type if they do grow, my gardening skills are highly unscientific i do random things and see if they work its all just for fun!

I am no expert, but mint requires a lot of water. Perhaps that will help your plant grow? As far as lettuce is concerned, I have observed that once the temperature goes below a certain threshold it starts germinating very fast. Of course that must depend on the variety as well. Anyways, lets wait for a more accurate answer from someone of the order.

Btw nice to have a custard apple tree in the backyard.. and absolutely agree on the fun part. Thats why we do what we do!

Cheers!

January 27, 2014
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kritika3 said:

hi everyone!

 

I was wondering if anyone can give me some tips on mint... i bought a small plant from the nursery and it looks quite drab and its just sitting there doing nothing...

 

i seem to have trouble growing the plants that are categorized as easy to grow, my other herbs like rosemary, 3 basils, lovage, parsley, lemon balm, lemon grass, dill, curry leaves all seem to be doing very well

 

but easy stuff like lettuce absolutely refuses to sprout Frown

 

oh and on the topic of seed exchange just in case anyone is interested i have custard apple seeds. we have a very old tree in our backyard that gives the most delicious sweet juicy custard apples, this year the birds enjoyed most of them and littered my entire vegetable garden with seeds or maybe the fruits ripened n burst, so i collected them!

 

p.s. i have absolutely no idea if the seeds will germinate or not im going to sow a few and see if they do... i also dont know if they will remain true to type if they do grow, my gardening skills are highly unscientific i do random things and see if they work its all just for fun!

Are you sure your mint plant is not rootbound? Mint likes to sprawl all over the place - its an invasive plant - almost like a weed. If you got it from the nursery in a small plastic bag as the container, try transplanting it to another larger pot (doesnt have to be deep as much as it should be wide) and water well.

 

Regarding lettuce, yes, it is easy to germinate unless you have very old seeds/unviable seeds. Try germinating them on a tissue paper. Its illustrated quite well on the following website:

 

http://www.greenhouseseeds.nl/.....tions.html

 

Note: No need to soak seeds in a glass of water and no need to cover them with a wet tissue paper. Just ensure that you have about 1 mm thick worth of tissue paper over which you place your seeds.  Take a disprin dissolved in a litre of water and use that water to wet the tissue paper. Make sure you cover with another plate or place into some box so that the tissue doesnt dry out. The idea is to get the seeds moist so that they absorb the water and have oxygen around them to sprout. If you overwater the tissues, it doesnt seem to give as good a result (kind of "drowns" them i'd like to think ;) They should sprout in a couple of days or so.

 

I really like this method and it gives me good results - I just sprouted some coriander in 2 days which normally takes a week and even upto 20 days to germinate!

 

Happy sprouting!

January 27, 2014
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cry03 said:

Ah! Someone who knows the ways of the growth Surprised No wonder! -|———

I like your suggestion. Temperature is definitely a factor. Its colder here than Mumbai by a few degrees so germination rate should certainly be affected. Lets go find a hot-spot! Cool

Smile Hope that worked for you – Now I have lots of spinach (about 25 seedlings) and coriander (9 so far with about 40 more to sprout)…

Did anything germinate so far? Any luck with that?

Cheers!

January 27, 2014
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Good work with Spinach and Coriander!

Well, in this lot, I am trying to germinate - Leek, Chives, Sage, Primerose, Ageratum, Verbascum using the tissue paper technique. So far no success achieved... But in any case, I dont expect them to germinate for atleast 7 days.

Meanwhile, there are serious critter problems at my place. Apparently, the rat loves to feast on tender seedlings. Lost my recently germinated dill last night Frown

January 27, 2014
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Hmm.. those would certainly take a bit of time...

 

I also remembered another trick, its by using H²O² (sorry, couldn't find a way to subscript the digits) - basically Hydrogen Peroxide. A very dilute solution helps provide oxygen to the seeds and helps sprout them faster. Here's a link with its many many uses

 

http://www.using-hydrogen-pero.....arden.html

 

Yeah, those rats do like the Dark side...rat 'em out! Laugh

 

Good luck with the new lot!

January 28, 2014
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You have plenty of tricks up your sleeve! But nice to see that you are sharing them here for everyone one to know. Many thanks!

Btw how do you source stuff like fertilizers, compost, pesticides.. do you get them locally? And do you know of a place in Mumbai where I could get Rosemary? Read somewhere it takes ages to grow, hence was looking for a plant, rather than growing from seed

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Happy to share and get back tips too..!

 

I get fertilizers/compost/pesticides locally... Sorry about sourcing a rosemary seedling/plant - no idea where one could get that. But I have rosemary seeds if still interested in growing your own...

 

How are your seeds germinating? any luck so far???????

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