The Q&A Archives: What kind of seeds are they?

Question: A coworker gave my husband some seeds. He doesn't remember what they are!!! They are about the size of a dime, maybe a tad bit smaller, brown, and flat. He remembers that it is some sort of vining plant, requires lots of sun, and grows quickly. Could this be some sort of Clematis? If it is, what kind? Is there a way to tell?

Answer: Based upon your discription, I'd venture to guess that the seeds in question are Wisteria, not Clematis. Wisteria is a member of the Legume family, producing long pods of flat, dark brown seeds. Try germinating the seeds in the following manner; chip the seedcoat by nicking an area opposite the 'eye', then soaking the seed overnight in warm water. These pre-treatments will allow water to penetrate the seedcoat and begin the process of germination. Plant the seeds 1/8 inch deep in moistened seed starting mix, then cover the tray or pot with plastic wrap to help hold in moisture. Wisteria seeds will germinate in 30-60 days when kept at 55F - 65F degrees. If you have more than one seed, treat the second one as a Clematis by planting 1/8 inch deep in moistened seed starting mix and providing warmth. Clematis seeds will germinate in 30-270 days when kept at 70F - 75F degrees.

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