$0.25 Seed Experiment

By: Dan Hagan - Managing Editor

This is the first post in a new series “$0.25 Seed Experiment”  In this series I will be documenting my experiences with a packet of seeds that I found on sale for $0.25.  Bellow I will be updating this archive with all the Facebook group posts as the experiment continues…

Posted to Zone 9 Garden Facebook Group on 02/05/2018

The other day I was passing through a Dollar Tree to get some plastic Solo style cups when I noticed they had a sale on some seed packets. The packets that were normally $0.99 where $0.25 Only 1 packet caught my eye, and it was the American Seed Cayenne Long Slim Red.

I bought the packet of seeds and some plastic cups and headed home. I decided I would do an experiment to find out a few things:

* What percentage of the seeds would germinate
* What percentage germinated seeds would produce viable plants
* How would the plants produce
* Would the seeds from the peppers produced be viable
* How would they compare to other Cayenne peppers that I have grown

Here is my plan:

* Get a full seed count
* Sow 8 seeds (starting small because I already have ton of pepper seedlings)
* Transplant any viable seedlings to their own container
* Grow indoors until ready for transplant
* Transplant half into larger containers
* Transplant half into the garden
* Document progress on a weekly basis (minimum)
* Create a full length article about the experiment for Zone9Garden.com
* If the 2nd generation seeds are viable, give them away to group members

Well, now you know the plan! Stay tuned to find out if Dollar Tree $0.25 seeds are worth the money or not.

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This is the 2nd post in a new series “$0.25 Seed Experiment”  In this series I will be documenting my experiences with a packet of seeds that I found on sale for $0.25.  Bellow I will be updating this archive with all the Facebook group posts as the experiment continues…

Posted to Zone 9 Garden Facebook Group on 02/06/2018

On 02/02/18 the experiment began, and here are the steps taken so far:

*Purchased the Seeds
*Performed Seed Count (26 total seeds, so roughly $0.01 per seed)
*Prepared 2 red solo type cups with a seed starting mix
Sowed 2 seeds per hole, with 2 holes per container. (total of 8 seeds)
*Thoroughly watered containers
*Labeled containers (including crop and date)
*Placed sandwich baggies over top of containers to retain moisture
*Placed containers in a bin
*Placed containers on my seedling rack in a warm area

The package claims the seeds will germinate in 10-20 days. I have 3 other varieties of Cayenne Peppers growing and they all germinated between 10 and 11 days, so I expect these to have about the same germination time.

I will post the next update as soon as the first seeds germinate! Hopefully around the 12th.

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