Seedlings question, as well as a few other questions

Seedlings question, as well as a few other questions

Hi all! first post though I've been reading for a while now. I live in the Philippines and have been gardening with mixed success; my luck seems to run well on water lilies and orchids as they need minimal care. My roses are... alive, but stringy -_-;;; but I love 'em and now I've started trying to grow things from seed. Vegetables and flowers especially. I've had good luck starting lettuce, tomato, brocolli, radish, cauliflower and three different kinds of cabbage from seed. My problem is, the heavy rains are beating my poor lettuce, cabbage and radish seedlings to mulch! My thought is to erect a plastic mesh or net cover over the seedlings - which would break up the heavy rain drops, but not block out the sunlight (when we have it!) I'm afraid I started seedlings too late this year. Some of the others; namely the red hmong cucumber, are doing very well despite the rains; my attempt at white pumpkins died due to the rains; and I'm hoping the Japanese striped pumpkin will survive. I've got some questions for those who start plants from seed; do I need to do anything special to get key lime seeds and the orange seeds (which I bought off Seedmart on ebay) to sprout? Similarly, the wisteria seeds, that I got, and soaked overnight as per the growing instructions and have planted in a seedling tray... they haven't sprouted; only decomposed. /cry I know it'll be a few years before I see these plants become lovely trees or bloom, but.. Is there also something I need to do to hibiscus seeds and rose of sharon seeds besides bury them just under the surface? I haven't seen any sprout since I planted some a month ago. Also, does anyone know what a blueberry seedling looks like? I was forced to plant the whole package after a wind blew the (paper) envelope of seeds into one of my ponds. I haven't the faintest as to what they look like. Similarly, strawberry seedlings. Thanks for any advice +_+;;;; Here is my one and only successfully sprouted lotus seedling. The little dish is meant for water plants or something. Here's another dish full of baby water lily plants. I'm hoping to get them to flourish enough that they'll flower tiny little water lilies. Here is another, using a pot that had no hole; about the size of a soup bowl. The brown oval thing is a lotus seed that my son Vincent later threw into the pond; I didn't find it again. Here's the pond; one of seven ponds that we have around the house, and one of the three that were built; the others are large cement bowls. All ponds and water plant containers have fish. Here's one of the seedling areas, made out of plastic bottles. Both have mini greenhouse style and self watering pot style. Here's the purple carrot seedlings. They seem to be doing ok... Unfortunately, these lovely radishes were pummeled to the ground in the last heavy shower; I am very sad about this. Here's where I planted some rainbow carrots. Here's the pond at the end of our garden; along with the first pots of seeds that I planted. The entire area needs to have more soil piled around it as during the last typhoon, (Frank) this whole area was underwater. I did not lose any fish though; they all stayed in the bottom. A pink Rain Lily / Zephyranthes that I planted from seed; I have so many but I never noticed that they had seeds; so to test it out I planted one. It started putting out shoots in two days. Here's one of my moonflowers; that I grew from seed. They make me happy; I'm looking forward to having them blooming and scenting up my porch. Here's some of the potted rain lilies. Pretty little things, aren't they? What my Mom and I are hoping will be a seed pod to the oriental or Asiatic lily that we have... one of the several. I don't know how to get them blooming again though... Here's a shot of the plant. Here's a shot of the purplish blue morning glory I have growing and climbing on wires above my 'courtyard'. Another shot of the same. And here are the more recent photos of my gardenwork. And because my kids like to 'help' there are pictures of them in there mixed in. Enjoy the photos; I'm going out to see what I can do about my poor roses. T___T
  • Angie

    Beautiful garden! I have a question in regards to your pond. How do you avoid mosquitoes from laying their eggs? It doesn’t seem like you have a water pump in your pond. I have a small pond pot in the backyard but was told I couldn’t have mosquito fish because I didn’t have a pump. I put tablets made for to kill mosquitoes but other brown sesame like floaters are now in the water. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

  • Erin

    Did you ever get the oriental lily seed pods going? I got mine to sprout using paper towels in a plastic bag, then I moved them into peat moss dividers and now they are in the refrigerator doing rather well beginning to start a whole knew bulb and plant. It’s a long process (a few years) however I find it to be worth it. I see this post was a few years back and I was hoping to see what came about with your lilies! Thanks!

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