The Q&A Archives: Germinating Verbascum Southern Charm

Question: i recently purchased verbascum southern charm seeds from burpee, after having seen the plants in a renaissance garden exhibit at the new york botanical garden. they have not germinated. The packet i received contained golden powder that i tried to separate in peat pots and germinate in seed starting mix. it's been more than three weeks and only one leaf pair has emerged. help! what did i do wrong? what can i do to germinate them and actually have plants grow?

Answer: In my own experience this past spring, these seeds germinate easily using typical seed starting procedures. Maybe this will help you trouble shoot: use a premoistened damp soilless potting mix, sprinkle seeds on top, water lightly to settle the soil, cover with plastic wrap to maintain humidity, set pot in a bright location but not in direct sun. As soon as seeds germinate, remove the covering. Transplant to individual containers when they are large enough to handle.

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