The seedlings are mocking me because they're growing well and I don't know why!
To be honest, I don’t know what to say about the St. John’s Wort. On one hand, the seedlings are growing well for me now. On the other hand, it took three times of seed sowing before this batch (and one seedling from the first batch of sowing) started growing well.
I wouldn’t know what the exact growing conditions of this plant are, honestly.
The first time I sowed the seeds, they sprouted readily, but grew quite slowly. I gave them afternoon sun with filtered shade. Many of them grew their second pair of true leaves…and then started browning and dying off.
And so, I sowed a second batch of seeds. In the same pot. With the pot in the same place. The same thing happened. Only one seedling from the first batch continued growing.
Extremely frustrated by then, I decided that I was going to make them grow, or…hm…well, not die trying. But something.
The tallest and eldest seedling, from the first batch of seeds sown in June 2011
The seeds sprouted in a day or two, and the seedlings are now growing happily, keeping the lone and eldest seedling company. They’re all growing taller each day. No leaves are browning.
Is it the phase of cool weather lately? The high humidity brought on by frequent torrential rains? It can’t really be the sun, since I’d placed it in a position where the pot would receive sunlight all year round. So…what. is. it?
Now that I’ve passed the initial phase where the seedlings are growing well, my newest frustration is trying to understand why they are growing well now, when they weren’t before.
I’ve done my research online, but if anyone can offer any possible suggestions, I’d love to hear them.