Seeds forum: Storage life for Baby-Blue-Eyes (Nemophila mentziesii) seeds

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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 2, 2012 1:18 PM CST
Does anyone here know how long those seeds are viable? I'd like to try them, even though it's a bit late to be starting them now. The packet I'm looking at has 500 seeds in it, so it would be nice to know if they'll keep for a reasonable length of time. I know petunia seeds don't keep worth a darn.
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Name: Jonna
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JonnaSudenius
Jun 2, 2012 2:03 PM CST
I don't know really how long they will stay viable, but my seeds (kept in a cool and dark place) stayed viable for at least 3 years.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 2, 2012 5:19 PM CST
Ah! That's helpful! Thanks!
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Name: Allison
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Jun 3, 2012 4:26 AM CST

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Name: Karen
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Jun 3, 2012 4:54 AM CST

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Woofie, they're no good for you or anyone else if not tried. Sow some and find out!

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Jun 3, 2012 5:07 AM CST

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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jun 3, 2012 11:04 AM CST
No, no, I don't have them yet! I was just considering how useful it would be to buy a packet with 500 seeds in it. Smiling
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jun 3, 2012 4:07 PM CST
They grow and bloom pretty fast, too. Smiling I started some in late February and they were blooming in about 10 weeks.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 3, 2012 5:32 PM CST
They like cool weather, don't they? Heck, with 500 seeds, I could afford to play around a bit. Heh, heh, shipping is probably more than the seeds cost, but I sure would like some of that nice blue color!
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Jun 3, 2012 6:49 PM CST
Until the last few days we've been smokin' hot and dry here and I've even got these guys blooming in the wildflower meadow. Big Grin They seem to be ultra-tough, and very resilient.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 3, 2012 7:16 PM CST
Oooh, more good things to know! When I was researching them, the information I came across said they want cool temps to germinate, like around 60 deg. (Sounds like they'd be good candidates for winter sowing.) And I got the impression that they really didn't like hot weather. Think I'm going to go ahead and get me some seeds!
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jun 4, 2012 5:50 AM CST
I just checked my records and I pre-sprouted mine in warm conditions, with light, then moved them to a slightly cooler area and potted them up. I'd bet the east or north side of a building or thick shrub would work just fine.
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jun 4, 2012 9:23 AM CST
That's interesting, chelle. Tom Clothier's site indicates 65 for germination, and another site (don't remember which one now) indicated 55 to 60. Sounds like they aren't that picky. Smiling
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