1865 Cotton Seed

in blurtart •  2 months ago 

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Found this sealed envelope in a pile of family records. These are cotton seeds my great, great grandfather, J. Mott, brought back from Civil War, and gave to his son Henry.
I will plant a few. If they sprout, I will freak.

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Great Great Granddad, J. Mott Throop—Union surgeon and seed collector 1865

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J. Mott the Country Doctor, (1838 - 1889) 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20"

(I threw the painting in because I wanted to tag #blurtart. Keep it all on the level.)

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  ·  2 months ago  ·  

Super cool!!

  ·  2 months ago  ·  

Nothing sprouted yet. But it’s only been three days:)

  ·  2 months ago  ·  

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  ·  2 months ago  ·  

Thank you very much!

  ·  2 months ago  ·  

That will be interesting - if they germinate. have you tried soaking some?

  ·  2 months ago  ·  

I’m reading up on it later today. On want to do this as scientifically as an “arteest” can. Make sure the water is pure, the right hormones... Sanding the hull to let water and oxygen move.

  ·  2 months ago  ·  

jeez... you'll end up with triffids!
I thought you could just dunk them in water, like a witch's drowning test.

  ·  2 months ago  ·  

Oh triffids would be welcome as long as they played nice.
I planted six last night. A hydrogen peroxide wash, scraoing of the hulls, an hour soaking in blackstrap molasses water, and then into a potent starter soil. Cotton that was selected for the harvest of 1866.
I am a witch if sprouts appear.