The Growing From Seed Thread 2019

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  1. pete

    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    I know where your coming from Mike, I too dont sow nearly as much seed as I used to.
    I need to get that old enthusiasm back.:smile:
     
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      Hey @pete and @Mike Allen if I can still be happy to be starting from seed, particularly after watching a King Protea seed not germinate, for three month, then you two should get your mojo going!
       
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        Hi folks...it's that time of year again! :biggrin:

        So far I've got mixed cactus seeds in seed compost stratifying in the fridge. I'm testing the viability of Phacelia tanacetifolia (for the bees!) on kitchen towels in a lidded seed sprouter in the boiler cupboard. I've got Leycesteria formosa seeds soaking in water as the pkt is dated 2013 so I may as well try and also Coleus "kong" which have already germinated and are on the windowsill.....oh and there's a pkt of Myrrhis odorata seeds getting cold treatment for a month in the fridge! :yay:
         
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          I have quite a few varities of verbena and agastache I need to get started in January so I'll do my best to get started this week or next.
           
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          Continued sowing hardy perennial and bulb seed that just needs patience rather than warmth. So Galanthus, Crocus, Erodium and Eryngium.
           
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            I sow sweet peas and chillies at the end of the month . Most other seeds are early March . Got all my favourites on order , but I do need a bit of inspiration to try a couple of new types.
             
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              I've never yet managed to germinate any Eryngium other than Miss Willmott's Ghost, Nigel. Have you succeeded with alpinum? If so, what's the secret please?:)
               
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              @noisette47 I've grown bourgatii and agavifolium from seed in the past. I think fresh seed and sow as soon as you get it and then leave outside to germinate.
              Completely failed with pandanifolium last year.
               
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                Ah, thanks :) I suspect freshness of the seed has a lot to do with it, and also impatience! I usually end up chucking the contents of the pots on a shady bit of the border, in disgust :biggrin:
                 
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                Seeds taken up to the Moon by China's Chang'e-4 mission have sprouted, says China National Space Administration.
                So GC seed planters have no excuses this year :snorky:
                China's cotton seeds sprout on Moon

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                  I grow far too much from seed really but people keep offering me seed, I see seed or plants on the web that I fancy, I find old seed that I forgot to sow etc.................

                  Anyway, sown so far;
                  • Caesalpinia gillesii
                  • Datura wrightii
                  • Datura ferox (very old seed)
                  • Solanum laciniatum
                  • Solanum pyracanthum
                  • Abutilon Bella (peach)
                  • Nicotiana glauca
                  • Allium karataviense
                  • Calceolaria uniflora
                  Today I added to that list;
                  • Polemonium pauciflorum
                  • Penstemon lyallii
                  • Salvia forrskoalei
                  Those three also benefit from a cool spell so are also in the woodworking shed.

                  Germinated so far;
                  • Caesalpinia gillesii (100%)
                  • Solanum laciniatum (a couple of seeds)
                  • Datura wrightii (three seeds)
                  This weekend I'll start Canna warscewiczii and a couple of Chinese Salvia that also benefit from cold stratification.
                   
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                  • Selleri

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                    Sowed houseplant seeds, succulents and some random slow growing garden plants (Verbena and Anthirrinum) which I have no place for but the bag said I can sow in January. I always do what the Bag tells me. Resistance is futile! ;)

                    Musa Velutina
                    Agave Victoria Reginae
                    Ravenala Madagascariensis
                    Sempervivum Mixture
                    Titanopsis Hugo Schlechteri Alboviridis
                    Morinda Citrifolia
                    Lithops Hookeri v Susannae

                    I have only checked the trays twice today in case some germination happened within the last half an hour :biggrin:
                     
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                    • andrews

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                      Some interesting seeds there - lots along the same lines that we are growing

                      Ive had limited success with musa varieties but they were sown last August so maybe too hot :scratch:

                      Our Agave VR that was sown last September. You may have to wait a few days for it to germinate

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                      • Vince

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                        I only grow veg (carol does the flower stuff), I'll save seed from produce if I've been successful with and order other seed as necessary, works for me.

                        I like growing from seed, the resulting plants almost become "your babies"?
                         
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                          Mainly chillies so far, jalapeƱo and cayenne. Just today, I sowed some antirrri.. n...h snapdragons :snorky:and delphiniums.
                          Must sow more jals though. I pickled them last year and they are almost gone! Number 2 son is demolishing them :)

                          Does anyone start cleome this early? I know the info says now but I've had better luck when sowed late Feb/ early march:dunno:
                           
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