I checked my apple seeds in the fridge for the first time in a couple weeks, and found not one, but 7 GERMINATING SEEDS!!!!
One of them had a sprout that was already a couple inches long!! Take a look at this bad boy before I planted it:
I took the Miracle-Gro seed starting soil that I bought about a month ago and filled up 7 of those black, plastic containers. For each germinating seed, I placed the seed on the soil and covered it up barely. The stuff was so dry and dusty that I'm scared I might have added too much water. On the first two, I added about 2-3 teaspoons of water. It seemed really strange! All it did was make the surface watery and swampy. It didn't look anything like damp soil that I'm used to seeing in nature.
There was one seed where I moistened the whole pot of soil first and then buried the seed. Is this way too much water???
Here are some pics of my little garden
There are two things (besides watering) that I am concerned about:
1. I have only one CFL bulb providing light for all 7 plants. It is located in the upper-right corner of this picture:
I remember reading once that plants will grow toward their source of light. Knowing that, my plants would start growing diagonally toward that light if I just leave them there. Should I rotate my plants 180 degrees daily so this doesn't happen??? I put post-its on every pot just to keep track of which side is the front.
2. This "garden" happens to be in my closet, above my clothes. If I keep the doors closed, will they get enough air circulation? Here's what it looks like with the doors closed:
All advice is greatly appreciated!!!!! It was so exciting to see all those seeds germinating after months in the fridge!!! I thought I would only have one, but there are 7!!!! I REALLY don't want them to die!
Oh and one more thing, how long should I light them for? Starting tomorrow, I will have to leave home at like 5:30 in the morning a few days a week, so I would have to turn the light on when I leave. Would 15 hours a day be good? So I would turn on the light at 5:30 and turn it off at around 8:30. Would daily fluctuations in the cycle cause stress to the plants? Like if I turn on the light 5:30-8:30 one day and 7:30-10:30 the next? What if it's like 9:30-12:30? (you know, for lazy weekend mornings and crazy nights...)