I spent this morning transferring 137 sprouted seedlings into pots. All of these seeds were from gourds grown during last summer, mostly from just one big well-ripened fruit. A word of caution: if you decide to sprout your seeds in a container in the hot-water cupboard, make sure you get them planted out quickly, because the little fragile roots get entangled in the cloth and they can be damaged easily.
Here are the seeds that I put into a container on 24 Sept:
A close-up of the sprouted seed shows a fuzz of tiny root hairs all along the main root, as well as new side-roots emerging. Damage to these fragile rootlets will hinder the growth of the plant.
Here are the sprouted seeds I photographed on Sept 24.
They each went into their own little container of wet potting mix….
….with a light covering of damp seed-raising mix over the top.
Check the seedlings each day to make sure the potting mix has not dried out. It should feel damp but not wet. When the young leaves appear, they need plenty of sunlight, and protection from slugs and snails, birds and rabbits.