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Last Sunday I planted some Kelsae seeds. How long does it generally take for them to germinate?

They are in a tray with a lid on the laundry room windowsill.
 

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About 7 to 10 days, need a minimum of 20c to germinate, then moving to somewhere cooler when they reach crook stage :)
 
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How low temp? @zigs ..ive got some Exhibition onions at crook stage but the heatings always on in here and im thinking the greenhouse will be too cold at minute? im in a dilemma i think :rolleyes:
 

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How low temp? @zigs ..ive got some Exhibition onions at crook stage but the heatings always on in here and im thinking the greenhouse will be too cold at minute? im in a dilemma i think :rolleyes:
Mine are in the cold frame inside the greenhouse, drops to 3c at night but was up to 13c during the day.

Have you got a porch? :)
 
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Mine are in the cold frame inside the greenhouse, drops to 3c at night but was up to 13c during the day.

Have you got a porch? :)
No porch but wondering if my potting shed may be warmer,does wood hold more warm ?fully glazed on the front :)
 

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Please excuse my ignorance. What is "crook stage"?
You don't get to know if you don't ask :)

When the onion seedling comes up it is bent over double, as it straightens up it resembles a shepherd's crook :)

Onions are lily family too :)

No porch but wondering if my potting shed may be warmer,does wood hold more warm ?fully glazed on the front :)
Should be fine, they can put up with a bit of frost :)
 
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I have a type of wild onion/garlic growing in my yard. I was given them a few years ago by an old lady that lived a couple houses down from me, she has since pasted away. However, these wild onion/garlic plants she gave me not only comeback every year(this time of the year), but are spreading thru out my garden -- I love them....

I wish I would have talked to her more when she was here.

This video quality is not the best, but I think what I have growing in my yard is the same thing...


 
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You do need to keep them cool, but I'd also give a slight watering (let it drain off) and cover, as, if the soil surface "sets", it could still cause trouble for those trying to break through, or straighten, so you want good humidity.
 
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The germination rate on my Kelsae has been really good this year at around 95%

At this stage, I assume I now take the lid off the tray and move it to somewhere cooler?

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I can't see your photos but don't remove the lid until the "crooks" come out of the ground, the humidity helps.
Somewhere cooler (best between 5C (41f) and 15C (59f) is a good idea.
 
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Mixed result on seedlings here, moved them out of the house as it was too warm and the ones that had germinated were getting leggy.

Then we had the cold weather so even in the cold frame within the greenhouse it was only just above freezing.

Now its warmed up a bit and a few more have germinated.
 

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