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Question: My friend and I planted some Achemenes seeds in a greenhouse and they did not germinate. Is there any special procedures for germinating this type of seed? We also planted Rhodochiton seeds and they did not germinate; any special procedures for planting this type of seed.

Everything else we planted, flowers and vegetables, germinated, so it was not general conditions of the greenhouse or environmental conditions that were at fault. I appreciate your help.

Answer: Achemenes seed is very tiny, but with the proper handling should germinate in 21-30 days at 65F - 75F degrees. These seeds should be sown on the surface of your seed starting mix and not covered with additional mix. For best results, prepared your mix by moistening it completely, sow the seeds on the top and press them in with your hand. Then cover the tray or pot with plastic wrap to help hold in moisture. Place the trays or pots on a heating cable on your greenhouse bench. As soon as the seeds germinate, remove the plastic. Rhodochiton seeds have similar heat and light requirements and should germinate in 12-42 days at 60F - 65F degrees. Perhaps you didn't give the seeds enough time to sprout, or you covered them with soil - they both need light to germinate. Try again, following the above guidelines, and you're sure to have success.

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