I will be updating the log each day by editing this posting.
December 13th: Gathered dirt, planted seed in afternoon.
December 14th: Watered each cup with 2 teaspoons water. No change.
December 15th: Watered each cup with 1 teaspoon water. No change.
December 16th: Watered each cup with 1 teaspoon water. No change.
December 17th: Two sprouts in the plastic cup! Ceramic cup unchanged.
December 18th: 15 sprouts in the plastic cup. Some getting their second growth. (I don't know if there is a name for that. ) First sprout has appeared in the ceramic cup. Two teaspoons of water to each.
December 19th: The 15 shoots in the plastic cup are growing great. The tallest is 1 1/2 inches high, and all are at least a 3/4" tall. There are now 16 sprouts in the ceramic cup. I didn't count how many seeds I planted, but I think the germination rate is excellent.
December 20th: The plastic cup now boasts of its 15 shoots reaching 2". I really didn't count how many seeds I planted — and didn't do an equitable job of sowing. There are over 30 shoots in the ceramic cup and the tallest is an inch. Watching the wheat grow, I suppose, is like watching grass grow, but it is amazing to me. The plastic cup is clear, so the roots of the shoots can be seen. The growth underground is greater than the growth above ground. Even when the shoots were just appearing, one could see that the roots had reached almost to the bottom of the cup — 5 inches deep. I guess the shoots are sort of like the tip of the iceberg.
December 21st: Plasticers up to 3" and ceramiquers up to 2". Looks as if there will be a good
stand come Christmas Eve.
December 22nd Today is Mom's 92nd birthday. Plastic cup has one giant at 4 1/4 inches, the others are about 3 1/2 inches. The ceramic cup is close to uniform at 2 3/4 to 3 inches. I am giving each cup 2 teaspoons of water each day. The more densely sown cup is better looking.
December 24th: the giant has reach 6", all the others in both cups are about 5 1/2 inches, with the ones in the ceramic cup on average just a little taller than the ones in the plastic cup. We'll be harvesting tonight!