tiny starts

March 30, 2016

The tiniest of tiny starts.  I never knew flower farming/planning was such an intensive, multi-detailed business!  I think at some point though I have to go, “this is FLOWER farming, this should be fun!” My goodness.  There is just a lot of learning to do and quite the curve to get up.

I feel like this is a pattern when learning a new skill…I read about the how-tos, the dos and don’ts, the step by step guides, etc. and although there are many experts in their field giving humble advice on how to get to a successful place…I crave even more simplicity.

I want to literally know the VERY BASICS.  Pretend I have never touched a piece of dirt in my life and go from there.  I find it hard to get started sometimes when you have no real starting point of reference.

However, I must say, Erin from Floret Flowers is probably the closest to “dumbing down” perfection I have found on the subject.  AND she uses pictures! Love it.

She goes step by step through how to start your seeds, what’s important and lessons she learned starting out.  I’ve said it before, but one of the reasons I have latched onto the Floret Flower train is because Erin started out with no experience too!  There’s hope!

So…with my Floret blog resources, my Floret Flower Seeds, my calendar and plot diagram (that I’m still not sure if I’m on track with this btw) and list of ingredients, I started my first batch of seeds and bulbs!

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I wanted to make sure I knew how much land was needed and that I could space out all the seedlings appropriately…so made a diagram of our field to get it all straight in my head.

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I used:

1 bag of Organic Seed Starter

(bought from Amazon, convenient, but perhaps not the cheapest)

Seed starter trays

Seed starter tray bottoms

Seed starter tray dome covers

Plastic plant tags

Floret seeds

Ranunculus bulbs

Anemone bulbs

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The Anemones and Ranunculus bulbs needed to be started slightly differently than the seeds.

I soaked the Anemone bulbs for 3 hours in lukewarm water before burying in a tray full of organic soil.  Same process for the Ranunculus bulbs, except I ended up soaking them for about 10 hours.

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The soil was laid flat in the bottom of a tray, then the bulbs scattered over it, then more soil added to cover it.  I moistened the soil with a sprinkling from the faucet before and after the bulbs went in.

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They are to be stored in a cool (50 degrees), dry place for about 10-14 days until they grow little “tentacles” of roots.

They WILL look like this when all is said and done:

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White Ranunculus

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Anemones

Photo cred Floret Flowers

For the seeds, I filled up the starter trays with the soil, moistened it and then made holes by poking my finger in the center of each section. I then added 2 seeds per hole of each variety, marking with the plant tags as I went.

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P.S. The “seed adding” part was significantly harder than it sounds.  The seeds were quite possibly the smallest things I have EVER seen and so I many times couldn’t tell the difference between the seed and a fleck of dirt…and then picking 2 of them up and dropping them into a tiny hole. Ugh.  But hey, I did my best!

I then LIGHTly covered the seeds with more soil (but no moistening at this point) and put the dome lid on.

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These little babies need natural light and warmth to grow quickly. I placed my tray by the front window and used a lamp for heat.  I have since replaced the lamp with an actual space heater- much more efficient.

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Give it a couple-three weeks and we’ll start seeing greenery!

And one day, the greenery will look like this:

Adding Flora to my Founda Found and Forged NW www.foundandforgednw.com

Iceland Poppies

Photo cred Floret Flowers

Adding Flora to my Founda Found and Forged NW www.foundandforgednw.com

Snapdragons

Photo cred Floret Flowers

Adding Flora to my Founda Found and Forged NW www.foundandforgednw.com

Dusty Miller

Photo cred Floret Flowers

So looking forward to many more actual FLOWERS sprouting up!

We’ll see how this goes:)

Let me know if you have an interest in growing your own flowers…I am for sure not an expert, and I have no track record, but I have done a lot of research lately and could save you some time!

Many blessings!

xo Jordan

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  • Sarah Abare March 31, 2016 at 1:54 AM

    Wow, this makes me so excited and also jealous! I want a flower farm! I may contact you when I get back to the states for some tips if and when I have some space to plant some flowers. I had some success last year growing some gigantic sunflowers from seed, which was very exciting, but things didn’t go so well with the tubers I had for dahlias. I could definitely use some advice and tips 🙂

    • Jordan April 7, 2016 at 2:02 PM

      Hi Sarah! You’re missed! How the heck are you!? I will absolutely pass on anything/everything I learn from this first year…I’m totally researching, planning and then flying by the seat of my pants:) I would love for you to have a flower garden…especially YOU!

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