The Q&A Archives: Starting Datura

Question: Do Datura seeds need some special treatment in order to get harvested seeds to germinate? I've ordered Datura seeds through seed catalogs and have never had a problem getting them to germinate. When the seeds arrive, they are wrinkled and crescent shaped.

I've tried to save seeds from my Daturas to grow the next year and have failed miserably. I wait to harvest the seed until after the dried seed pod splits open but before the weather freezes. My seeds are crescent shaped but not wrinkled. I've also swapped seeds with other gardeners who's seeds look like mine. I've never had any luck germinating my seeds or the seeds I've gotten from others.

Answer: Datura seeds should germinate in 21-42 days at 55F-65F degrees. Sow seeds 1/8 inch deep in moistened seed starting mix and cover the seed flats with plastic wrap to help retain moisture and humidity. The seeds should sprout within 6 weeks of sowing. Perhaps you haven't given the seeds enough time to sprout, or perhaps you've sown them too deeply. Try again!

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