Cannas 2015

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  1. Bilbo675

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    Well its February and for me its time to start sowing my Canna seed, this in my opinion produces larger plants due to a longer growing season and increases the chances of first year flowering and often by late summer :)

    This year I have seeds for 16 different Canna varieties in my collection, I will perhaps sow about 12 or 13 varieties as some are very similar :)

    Let the madness begin :biggrin:
     
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      My madness began on 1/1/2015 when these were sown on 1/1/2015 (or possibly much earlier, the madness, not the sowing):

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      250mm from top of pot soil level to tip of top leaf.

      (that white cable is part of my individual propagater temperature monitoring system)
       
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        Having a mare with mine, sown under lights 2 weeks ago and still nothing.
        Not to fussed about some not germinating just want the musiflora joolz sent me to grow
        Will do another batch in a week or so.
        Go plenty of rhizomes to start though
         
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          Nice one Scrungee, they look very healthy, I've got some catching up to do :biggrin:

          Mine will be sown with bottom heat to germinate them and then they will taken off that and placed in a very light and warm window to grow on for the next couple of months before being moved to the greenhouse when it will hopefully be a bit warmer outside :rolleyespink: :biggrin:, they will then be hardened off around late May before going out in their final positions :)
           
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            I always use the file & pliers method to chit seeds prior to 24 hours soaking and sowing.

            I always sow my chitted and soaked seed in a nice and toasty propagator.
             
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              I'll be sowing the seeds I er, acquired, from Wisley... yellow and red flamey appearance. I'm hoping last year's start back into growth too but they were left outside with no protection
               
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                Yep done that temp set at 24'c :scratch:
                 
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                I'm doing a few this year too. Enough of some species have germinated to experiment with growing in water or in pure horse shino as well.
                 
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                  Just tried your way @longk cotton wool & ziplock bag
                  Let's see if that works
                   
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                  Your plants always look so strong and healthy Scrunge, a credit to you :dbgrtmb:
                   
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                  Having somewhere like this to hang them certainly helps...........

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                  I've read somewhere of people chipping them, dropping them in water and leaving them soaking on a radiator (for example) until they germinate.
                   
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                    Seeds sown after a 48 hour soak, the countdown is on to germination :biggrin: :)
                     
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                      I thought it was 24 hrs?

                      Ah, I've answered my own question, just looked back at my diary and I did soak them for 48 hrs. That's a job for me tonight then. Firstly I'll nick them with a file.
                       
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                        I bought these for my ingrowing toe nail - they were crapola! But they are totally made for the job of nicking Canna seed...............
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                        Canna warsewiczii (germinated in cotton wool)..............
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                          My first attempt at growing Cannas from seed .They were collected from the OxfordNick/JWK plants.I'll follow all you good peoples advice:dbgrtmb:
                           
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