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does rosemary really grow that slow?? because my aunt has one in her garden in california and that thing just grows wild... she says they have to keep hacking it back to keep it under control..

 

my sapling is growing but very slowly... i may be doing something wrong like overwatering it maybe coz rosemary doesnt like too much..or maybe its just the difference in climate.. its definetly not rootbund coz its in a big pot but...the quality of soil in that pot is really bad... should i transplant?

 

on a freakier note... my lemon balm sapling has gone missing... Confused pot and all.. it may have fallen of the wall but i couldnt find it anywhere.. i was really looking forward to growing it.. trying to sprout some more seeds now..

 

i also want to grow chamomile? is it easy? when should i sow the seeds none of the websites talk about when to sow these herbs in Indian climate so i have to do trial and error..

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Ah! so do i... i want to grow german chamomile too.

 

I tried last year and the seeds sprouted (they are tiny tiny seeds so they have to be germinated directly on soil and need light to germinate - so you shouldn't really bury them). They grew up to be about 2 cms or so and then they all withered away. I suspected its due to the hot climate as chamomile is a cool weather plant. It does need a sunny location but the problem is the heat that the sun brings along in our metros...

 

I'm going to try again this year - i'm a bit too late but nevertheless... Maybe this time I will shade them with a 50% net...

 

If your mint plant is not rootbound, then it should ideally be growing quickly... If your soil is not providing enough nutrients, then that could be one cause..also is it getting enough sun...and you certainly shouldn't overwater any plant... generally its better to underwater than overwater... Try giving it some NPK each week (a 2gms/2ml balanced NPK dissolved in 1 liter water and use this to water the plant once/twice a week - just enough so that the water doesn't flow out of the pot). Do also provide Ca/Mg/S if you have them separately with whatever instructions that came on the box..

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Amit said:

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???????

Alas! No luck. However, I have begun to notice white spots on some of the Fennel seeds I hope it is salt residue and not some sort of fungus. Fingers crossed..

Meanwhile, with regards to seed sharing, lets do one thing. I'll send some of my seeds - we can discuss in detail which ones, you can try germinating them. And if you succeed, share the experience. This way not only do I get to know if the seeds have the capacity to germinate, but if they happen to grow, you get to enjoy the plants too. 

Of course, I am assuming you have the time and resources to try. Let me know what you think.

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does rosemary really grow that slow?? because my aunt has one in her garden in california and that thing just grows wild… she says they have to keep hacking it back to keep it under control..

Read somewhere it takes a year for Rosemary to be ready for harvest, if grown from seed. But may be it grows faster in an ideal climate.. 

on a freakier note… my lemon balm sapling has gone missing… Confused pot and all.. it may have fallen of the wall but i couldnt find it anywhere.. i was really looking forward to growing it.. trying to sprout some more seeds now.

Now thats strange.. I have seen saplings disappearing overnight. But a sapling and the pot too, thats a first! Sorry to hear that… Maybe someone in your neighbourhood did not think its worth the effort to sprout seeds when there is somebody nearby who is very good at it! Wink

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haha well i dont know if im good but i have managed to germinate some more lemon balm on tissue paper so im going to carefully transfer them into a pot with cocopeat and vermicompost 1:1 like i did last time and this time i'll tell my dog to guard it! Laugh 

 

I finally got the courage to try german chamomile but the seeds were so tiny i thought i may loose them on a tissue paper so i took my own potting mix (cocopeat:vermicompost 1:1) in a small plastic cup and i sprinkled the seeds on the surface and watered (dont worry i dint bury them they were too tiny i figured it wouldnt be right) and they sprouted! tiny tiny leaves! im glad Amit mentioned that the heat killed his i'll be careful with mine..maybe i'll grow it on my window sill only..that way it will get light but its still cooler inside the house..

 

also if you are using the wet tissue paper method use RO water to wet it..i noticed atleast for me that every time i used tap water fungus grew.. maybe our water is just especially dirty.. Confused

 

i have also got some organic caraway seeds from the grocery store on the wet tissue paper(its my favorite way to germinate seeds) lets see what happens... can i do the same for saunf(aniseed)? i think we should make a list of things that can be grown from a grocery store, im sure everyone will be interested, i know i am if we all share our experience it would be great help!

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Alas! No luck. However, I have begun to notice white spots on some of the Fennel seeds I hope it is salt residue and not some sort of fungus. Fingers crossed..

Meanwhile, with regards to seed sharing, lets do one thing. I'll send some of my seeds - we can discuss in detail which ones, you can try germinating them. And if you succeed, share the experience. This way not only do I get to know if the seeds have the capacity to germinate, but if they happen to grow, you get to enjoy the plants too. 

Of course, I am assuming you have the time and resources to try. Let me know what you think.

Cheers!
 

Ok - lets do that... I can try to germinate them no problem and let you know what I did and how they fared... 

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I finally got the courage to try german chamomile but the seeds were so tiny i thought i may loose them on a tissue paper so i took my own potting mix (cocopeat:vermicompost 1:1) in a small plastic cup and i sprinkled the seeds on the surface and watered (dont worry i dint bury them they were too tiny i figured it wouldnt be right) and they sprouted! tiny tiny leaves! im glad Amit mentioned that the heat killed his i'll be careful with mine..maybe i'll grow it on my window sill only..that way it will get light but its still cooler inside the house..

 Nice! I'm going to plant some today... they germinate quite quickly as I recall...

i have also got some organic caraway seeds from the grocery store on the wet tissue paper(its my favorite way to germinate seeds) lets see what happens... can i do the same for saunf(aniseed)? i think we should make a list of things that can be grown from a grocery store, im sure everyone will be interested, i know i am if we all share our experience it would be great help!

I have some fennel seeds if you are interested and its growing well too...although it grows quite slowly but is a lovely looking plant... very different very very very thin (as opposed to wide) leaves clustered around... I suppose I should shift it to grow in hydroponics! Laugh This one also grows a large bulb in the root (fennel bulb) and is supposed to be quite delicious!! Plan is to use it in homemade bouillon paste...Wink

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oh yes fennel is quite tasty i'v heard and its seeds taste like saunf only.. it makes nice vegetable stock for soup.. but i think it is too late to grow fennel now.. its feb already the weather will get hot in Delhi very soon..

 

what about cilantro/coriander? has anyone grown them using sabut dhaniya from the grocery store? i bought a packet of organic ones..i managed to sprout them indoors but i think i dint give them enough light..they became lanky and the fell over and died.. my mother would love if i managed to grow some we use a lot of cilantro leaves at home for chutney especially..

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I'm currently growing coriander - by now I have 38 seedlings and a few more are on the way.. I'm planning to grow these hydroponically since the plant is slow growing in soil. As long as you buy seeds that are not roasted, they will grow fine. Cilantro does like sun but not too hot weather - the sun will prevent your seedlings from getting lanky.. Wink

 

On another note, I'm also planning for fenugreek (methi) from the grocery shops - also hydroponically since they grow slow too in soil..

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oooh i'v grown methi well in soil harvested 4 batches this winter and the fifth is growing...mom used it in cooking tasted great! i dont know how to do hydroponic gardening, i could learn i suppose but dont have the time...or frankly the funds to invest in it.. methi is fun t grow it germinate very well and very fast.. the ones i soaked in water overnight all sprouted between 24-36 hours and the ones i just sprinkled into the soil came up in a few days...it is by far the best plant for impatient people like me.. when ever a seed takes too long to sprout i always think it wont come up..

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Nice work on the methi !! Laugh

How long did it take in days from seed to harvest?? and what height plants did you achieve? (Apologies for getting a bit statistical here.....but it helps since methi is consumed in large quantities at my place - about 3-4 bundles per week from the market)

 

Hydroponic setup is indeed a bit higher than traditional soil based setups but the yields and quality are excellent - Not to mention that plants can be grown closer as I have limited space on the window areas Confused But once you get it going, plant growth is AMAZING - nothing short of spectacular LaughLaughLaugh Soil based diseases are eliminated too as a bonus Cool

 

I had this Ice Queen lettuce in soil for about 3 weeks or so and it was tiny - about 3 inches wide.. I put it in a 600ml coke bottle with hydroponic nutrients and in 15 days it grew to 8 inches wide with very very healthy spotless leaves Cool Will give it another 15 days or so and then start harvesting its leaves for salads!! And also start more lettuce! Laugh

 

This time I'm also planning to transplant my Cherry Tomato plant into hydroponics - my new plant is about 16 inches tall now in about 2 months or so.. Last year, when I grew it, it grew to about 4 feet high in about 4 months and yielded about 180-200 yummy tomatoes that disappeared just as fast as they ripened... What I'm hoping is that the yield shoots up by 4x or so in hydroponics ie maybe about 700-800 of those shiny fruits Smile Yeh dil mange more...

 

Since you are impatient (and these days who isn't!), I do strongly recommend hydroponics - you will see your plants grow EVERY day!! Initial effort is high but I'm hoping its worth it... my lettuce was my first hydroponic experiment (with just an empty coke bottle, NPK/Ca/Mg/S/micronutes - all of these which I already had for soil based gardening) and i'm happily hooked.. yay!

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i hadn't actually paid much attention to the size and time.. i have about a month old methi which is about 8 inches and still growing so im guessing it gets up to around 10 inches....

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on the net it says you can harvest after 2 weeks.. and i suppose you can some people like baby methi but it has the potential to grow more leaves so i let it grow...i harvest sometime after a month and a half..the methi kind of stops growing so i cut it before it can produce flowers, coz i always see my mom avoiding the bunches of methi in the market with flowers...she says those ones get very bitter..

i did successional sowing one batch every 2 weeks, should have sown weekly we also eat a lot of methi.. and i think one reason my plants grew slow was that i used shallow pots and when i harvested i saw that the roots were horribly root bound and i hadn't fed it anything just used regular garden soil didn't even use cocopeat..so all in all i think methi is quite hardy and forgiving..all it requires is regular watering and it pretty much grows on its own..its such a stress free plant...no pruning no weeding no fertilizing no pest control required..

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