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Question: i have gotten some dried moon flower seed pods. how do i get them to grow? i tried peat pots but only 2 took hold and they got destroyed by accident. some one told me the pods have to fall naturally to the ground to take hold.

Answer: Moonflower seeds germinate better if they are nicked. File off a small circle of the seedcoat on the end that is smooth. You can use a nail file. Then soak them in warm water overnight. I have had good luck germinating them by putting them in a paper towel towel that has been wet and then wrung out. Spread the seeds out, carefully fold over the paper towel, and put in a plastic bag. Put in a relatively warm place, and the seeds will germinate. You will also see which ones are live this way and not plant ones that are duds. Grow seedlings in warm soil (this is a tropical plant). It needs a trellis or fence to cling to, or you can grow it in a hanging container. It likes full sun, especially up north, and good soil mixed with sand. Soil that is too rich means lots of leaves and few flowers. It blooms in 12 weeks.

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