Lupinus perennis production field

Sun in February makes Spring Merry

Feb 19, 2016
While it has been a relatively mild winter here in Walkerton, IN, we were glad to get some much-needed sunshine and warm winds today. I'm sure everyone has heard that "April showers bring May flowers," but for us, those May flowers begin in February and March. We need sunny days to trigger germination for certain light-dependent seedlings in anticipation of well-rooted plugs by May. 

Here's a quick look at some things already popping up in the greenhouses. Eventually, these plants will be split and transplanted into deep-cell 50-count plug trays. For scale reference, the cells in the following photos are 0.88" across.

Carex frankii seedlings in germination trays
Frank's sedge (Carex frankii)

Carex spp. and Glyceria striata seedlings in germination traysVarious sedges (Carex spp.) and Fowl Manna Grass (Glyceria striata) emerge from their trays.

Chasmanthium latifolia seedlings in germination traysNorthern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolia)

Dalea purpurea seedlings in germination trays
Purple Prairie Clovers (Dalea purpurea) just starting to show their cotyledons

Monarda fistulosa seedlings in germination trays
Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) already showing its distinctive purplish foliage

Zizia aurea seedlings in germination trays
Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea

Liatris aspera seedlings
Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris aspera) plants erupting from the growing medium

Overwintered Aquilegia canadensis blooming in February
A Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) plant from 2015 production, blooming already

If Punxsutawney Phil is right, spring will be here shortly and these plants can find a home on a restoration site soon.