Roman chamomile and plantago major

Roman chamomile.

Growing conditions of Roman chamomile here


Plantain (plantago major)


Heat germination of seeds – update

I think I cooked my seeds the first round. Heh. I capped the lid on totally, and after heating the seeds up, I find that the paper wrapping them was soaked through with water (presumably from the seeds).

It’s been three days and the first batch hasn’t germinated. I’m treating them as a 50/50 chance thing now.

Started a second batch today. I left the lids on the tins slightly open and the papers remained dry. Checked on the temperature and it feels warm instead of hot.

Let’s see if this second batch succeeds. Used the same seeds – tea tree and German chamomile.

Heat germination of seeds

I need to give Sandi credit for sharing her method with me. This is my first time testing out heat germination, and I offer a very simple pictorial guide to it.

Stuff you need:
1. Aromatherapy burner
2. Tealight candles
3. Small pieces of paper – to hold extremely fine seeds. If your seeds are larger, you can skip this item
4. Vermiculite
5. Small metal tins to hold the vermiculite and seeds

All the items needed.

Fill the tins with some vermiculite.

Place the very fine seeds on paper so you can use them easily later.

Fold the pieces of paper carefully and place them into the tins, and then cover them up.

Light the candle up, and put the tin on top.

That’s about all.

Sandi reported extremely fast germination rates for seeds warmed up by heat. Sometimes, as fast as overnight. The vermiculite acts as a buffer of sorts so that the seeds aren’t cooked.

I’ve prepared my typical semi-hydroponics set-up for these seeds, and am trying this out with the tea tree and chamomile seeds. Will report progress hopefully as soon as tomorrow.

Do note that for really easy-to-germinate seeds such as say, basil, you don’t have to use heat to germinate them. Just surface-sow them on soil.

(Sowed) More tea tree seeds, German chamomile seeds, and Chinese kale seeds

For my note to self.

Sowed all three types today.

(Updates) New method | (Sown) Tea tree and chamomile

Recycling pop bottles – creating a water reservoir

I clicked on a link a member posted in the Green Culture Singapore forum on using pop bottles to plant stuff. The only reason why I never thought of it before was that I was afraid the plants would get wet feet and rot.

But after seeing the site, I decided to give mine a go using the site’s way of soil and having a water reservoir, in addition to me already recycling the bottles for hydroponics. So…

Recycled bottles

I added a cord of twine to aid in the wicking/capillary action. We’ll see how well this method works.

Soil with vermiculite in the cut top half of the bottle.

The twine.

Pak choy

I sowed about six pak choy seeds in pure vermiculite with hydroponics solution around the 15th of April to allow quicker sprouting and experimentation.

Today, I transferred two seedlings each into different mediums/methods:
1. Pure hydroponics
2. Semi-hydroponics
3. Soil with water reservoir.

The aim is to find out the taste differences between edibles grown in different mediums.

The six bottles.

The two in pure hydroponics held up with a rooting cube.

Semi-hydro – planted them in a thumbpot of soil with a cord of twine to draw hydroponics solution upwards using capillary action.

Pure soil using a water reservoir. Also with a cord of twine.

This is how it looks like.

From the top.

The twine.


The two rocket seedlings transferred to pure hydro solution is doing quite well. Just did a solution change since the old one was filled with algae.

The roots.

Tea tree and chamomile

Sowed tea tree and chamomile seeds (thank you Petunia for the chamomile seeds!) in water reservoir method.