The Q&A Archives: Germinating Poppy Anemone Seeds

Question: I've harvested seeds from my poppy anemone plants that bloomed very nicely last summer. The seeds are quite small and enveloped in fuzz from the flower. First, can I start these seeds to become as beautiful as the bulbs? If so, how? Second, is it best to not let the plant go to seed to save the bulb's "energy"?

Answer: The seeds you've harvested will eventually turn into lovely plants, but they won't flower as quickly as anemone grown from corms. The seeds have some special pre-germination requirements, and they can take a very long time to sprout. Sow seeds on the surface of moistened seed starting mix, fuzzy side up. Place trays or pots into a plastic bag and refrigerate for 2-3 weeks. Remove from plastic bag and sink the containers into the ground in a shady place in the garden. Cover with glass or plastic wrap to help hold in moisture. Seeds may take from 15-190 days to sprout! Transplant seedlings as they appear.

By the way, allowing the plants to produce seeds won't hurt them, or sap the strength of the corms.

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