New Seeds: Mulberry, Medlar & Sweet Cherry

Time to start some new germinating projects: It’s cherry season and one of my co-workers brought sweet cherries to the office. Obviously, I couldn’t resist neither cherries nor their stones. So I kept 10 of them and put them into vermiculite for germination. I have no idea what conditions they need, but I can always get more cherry stones. I chose vermiculite, because it makes untangling the roots much easier when the time comes.
If you know think (like me until a week ago) – hold on – since when are cherries a Mediterranean fruit? Well, since the famous politician Lucius Licinius Lucullus introduced them from modern day Turkey (from Pontus at the south coast of the Black Sea). No, he didn’t introduce them from modern day, because back then in Ancient Roman times, they had no time travel yet. No, I mean, he introduced it from the area that is now Turkey.

Then I decided to finally order those medlar seeds I had laid my eyes upon ages ago on Ebay. Especially now, that I realized that the seeds I had previously taken for medlar where loquats insteard. So I ordered 10 seeds. They arrived today and had a little instruction sheet glued to the plastic bag. It said that they need stratification (surprise, surprise), so I put them right into the fridge for 2 weeks, according to the instruction.
Another fruit from Turkey, or at least, that’s were I encountered them first.

The same guy who sells medlar seeds also sells others. And to make the shipping costs worth the trouble, I also ordered mulberry seeds. They are about the size of sesame seeds. They also came with an instruction telling me to only cover them slightly with soil. Which I hope I did.

Heating Cable for Mini Greenhouse by Romberg – Test

Some days ago, I had taken the temperature in the greenhouse every 10 mins for several hours and shared the ups and downs with my readers. I have since taken the temperature again and again, not always noting it down, but being a bit concerned about it dropping below 19°C, when the ideal temperature for the olives and myrtle is between 22 and 25 °C.
Apparently, the fluctuating temperature didn’t bother the pomegranate seeds, as three have now germinated. However, I researched online for a rather cheap way to keep a constant temperature according to the preferred ones by the seeds. I found a heating cable by Romberg on Ebay for about 13 €. It is supposed to be laid out in the soil. However, as I have several pots in the mini greenhouse rather, that wasn’t possible. So I laid it out beneath, but with some distance between the cable and the greenhouse.

Heating cable in wooden frame

I had built a wooden frame for the greenhouse to stand on, because the window sill got rather warm and by standing on the wooden frame, it wouldn’t come into contact with the window sill.
They actually offer a heating mat for direct contact, but that was more expensive.
And this is what the cable actually looks like:

Heating Cable by Romberg – 3.5 m long

And now for the data. First a chart of the readings without the heating cable, using the normal central heating:

Using Central Heating

And the data from today using the heating cable:

Using the Heating Cable

I think it becomes quite clear that the temperature today was much more stable and ideal. I’m glad I bought it and that I won’t have to leave the heating on all day when I’m at work.