The Q&A Archives: Aristolochia Seed Germination

Question: I have a butterfly garden and was given some Aristolochia seeds to attract the Pipevine Swallowtail. I was told that the seeds were difficult to germinate. What should I do to get the best gemination results?

Answer: Seeds of Aristolochia need only a little extra care to make them sprout. Start by soaking seeds in hot water for 48 hours, then sowing them on the surface of moistened seed starting mix. Press them in with your hand, then cover the pots or trays with plastic wrap to help hold in moisture. Place the trays or pots in a warm area (like on top of the refrigerator or on a propagation mat). They germinate erratically, but should sprout in 30-90 dayst at 75F - 85F degrees. Repot each seedling as it emerges, and place it under a source of bright light. Good luck with your venture!

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