Aciphylla & Celmisia

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    I have recently bought seed of some New Zealand alpines - Aciphylla & Celmisia

    Has anyone ever tried these from seed?
    Do they need stratification first?
     
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    I have had a look online.
    Some websites say stratify. Others not. :scratch:

    Was wondering if anyone had their own experience.
     
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    I just posted that one as my uncle in NZ swears by them for his seed.
     
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    Sirius I`ve been lucky enough to see them plants in the natural habitat , what i know about the Aciphylla is that need really cold and wet to wake up the seeds , I would try with put the seeds in drain free soil and stones , wet them up and leave the seeds outside , where they can get loads of frost , both plants are coming from the south of NZ where it`s really cold and in winter rains every day
     
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      on side ... got to admit that many seeds that i got back from New zealand , have all germinate , but as they are super slow grower , most got eated by the slugs and killed by the uk sunshine , can belive myself , most of the fern have died and so far only got one plant left that seams ok with the cold ... I had myself seeds of Aciphylla , planted in a bag in January and they must have germinate in summer , slugs got them
       
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        Sal - I rarely take the mickey out of your spelling as you English is a million times better than my Italiano but slags = ladies promiscui :heehee:
         
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        Lol , I always have problem with vowels ...... but yes the promiscuous ladies didn`t come in my garden and eated all my Aciphylla seedling ;)
         
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          ps thank you for that ... time ago i wrote on a comment about the thickness of some woods for a greenhouse ......I wrote.... I got a 6" by 2" and I walk on it .......... the only problem was that I wrote an N instead on an L

          not to tell more story ;) (got loads of them ;)
           
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            Right. So I sowed the seeds in a grit/peat mix.
            Gave them a good watering. And put them in my garden shed.

            Will update when I hopefully get some germination.
             
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            i was reading that can take up to 3 months to germinate
             
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            Hopefully something will start happening when the weather gets warmer in April
             
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            Checked my pots yesterday evening.

            No signs of life yet.
             
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            Never give up. This Ferraria only took eighteen months to germinate!
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              Will keep monitoring them.
               
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