The Truth About Growing Seeds in Ice Cream Cones

Have you ever come across those viral memes demonstrating the so-called “ice cream cone plant”? You know, the ones showing perfectly grown seedlings in ice cream cones? Well, I must admit, when I first encountered this peculiar concept, I found it rather dubious. However, curiosity eventually got the better of me, and I decided to give it a try myself.

Unveiling the Method Behind the Madness

Believe it or not, the process is quite simple. First, take an ice cream cone and fill it with potting mix. Next, add your seed, give it a sprinkle of water, and patiently wait for nature to work its magic. Now, here’s where it gets a bit debatable – do you need to create a hole at the bottom of the cone? Surprisingly enough, most instructions I stumbled upon didn’t mention it, so I decided to forgo this step.

I gathered four cones and filled them with my trusty Pro-mix BX, a standard seed starting mix. In two cones, I placed bean seeds, while in the other two, pea seeds found their new home. To keep them upright, I arranged them neatly in a container. Finally, I gave them just enough water to moisten the soil, being careful not to overdo it.

Managing Expectations: Separating Fact from Fiction

If you’ve seen those captivating photos on the internet, you may have set high expectations for your ice cream cone plant endeavor. Those images paint a picturesque scene – a pristine cone with delicate seedlings gracefully growing inside. What’s more, they claim this approach is environmentally friendly, as the cones are allegedly biodegradable.

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However, it’s time to reveal a startling truth. The image that first captured attention, credited to Sarah Neuburger, turned out to be a small concrete pot cleverly disguised as an ice cream cone. It seems that someone decided to use this photo as a basis for a false narrative surrounding the ice cream cone plant. Other bloggers caught wind of the story, adding their own embellishments to the mix. Before long, the internet was buzzing with this pseudoscientific phenomenon.

Now, let me be clear – I cannot pinpoint the exact originator of this tale. Regardless, we now understand that the pictures circulating online never depicted real ice cream cones.

The Fate of My Ice Cream Cone Experiment

After 24 hours of planting, I inspected my ice cream cones. To my disappointment, they had collapsed and were now piled on top of each other in a corner of the container. It dawned on me – ice cream cones are not built to withstand moisture; they are, after all, mostly composed of air.

Why did my cones crumble while the one in the advertisement remained intact, even after weeks had passed?

Patience Is a Virtue: A Week in the Life of an Ice Cream Cone Seedling

Undeterred by the initial setback, I left my cone-filled container under carefully positioned lights. As the week progressed, I observed tiny seedlings sprouting from the soil. Admittedly, they seemed a bit elongated, likely due to insufficient light exposure.

Now, let’s address the elephant in the room – that white substance covering the cones. Take a closer look, and you’ll realize it’s none other than mold. Before you start considering the potential benefits of this white growth, let me clarify – it’s just ordinary mold thriving on the damp, starchy, and sugary surface of the cones.

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The Verdict: Can Ice Cream Cones Nurture Seedlings?

In conclusion, the answer is a resounding “yes.” I have successfully grown seedlings in ice cream cones, proving the concept does have some merit.

But is it a good idea? Absolutely not. Frankly, it’s a rather foolish endeavor.

This ice cream cone plant trend epitomizes the danger of falling victim to online deception. Perhaps we should consider it a lesson in being “conned” through the internet.

So, if you’re looking to embark on your own gardening adventure, I highly recommend opting for traditional planters or containers. Leave ice cream cones to their true purpose – as delectable vessels for your favorite frozen treat.

Ames Farm Center

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