Seeds forum: Misadventures in seeding - ID please

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Name: Dora
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dorab
May 5, 2013 10:04 AM CST
This is kind of embarassing.

I stratified my lavender seed in the freezer, and when it thawed out, put it in the fridge. And then I think I planted it in a container. Nothing came up. However, I was cleaning the fridge and found a package of stratified seeds with no label and thought -- I didn't plant the lavender. That's why it didn't come up!

This is what it looks like. I think I'm going to have to buy my lavender cause that isn't what is coming up.

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So I have gone through my seed list and have eliminated things that have sprouted, not been planted, were planted very recently, or are obviously not right, like spinach or blood iris. This is what is left. And I think viola and catmint are unlikely.

Aconitum heterophyllum Monkshood
parnassia palustris Marsh Grass-of-Parnassus
Polygonatum roseum Solomon's Seal
Catmint
viola

What do you think?
Dora
Name: woofie
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woofie
May 5, 2013 1:38 PM CST
Off hand, I'd guess the Solomon's Seal. Definitely not viola.
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Name: Dora
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dorab
May 5, 2013 3:33 PM CST
Maybe. The Solomon's Seal was the first seed package I opened though, and it was winter sowed. Perhaps I was nervous about winter sowing and stuck some of the seed in the fridge?

Fortunately the first 3 are all shade plants, so I don't have to worry about placement as I wait for them to reveal themselves.
Dora
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 5, 2013 3:49 PM CST
woofie said:Off hand, I'd guess the Solomon's Seal. Definitely not viola.


I agree We have a wild type of Solomon's Seal in our woods, and these leaves look very familiar for that setting.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
May 5, 2013 4:01 PM CST
I also understand that Solomon's Seal is slow to germinate.
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
May 5, 2013 7:01 PM CST

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No guess here. I've never grown any of those from seed.

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Name: Dora
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dorab
May 5, 2013 8:50 PM CST
Thanks. The Solomon Seal seeds that were wintersowed haven't come up yet so I'll have to wait and see what they look like compared to this batch. I peeked in the jug and there were a couple of seeds on the surface that had sprouts starting to come out. So hopefully something will come out soon.

The batch stratified in the fridge came up quite quickly--maybe a week after planting. The leaves in the picture are the second leaves. The first leaf that came up looked like a broad flat grass, about 1/4 inch long.

Dora
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mom2goldens
May 6, 2013 6:30 PM CST

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I think I'd rule out viola and catmint--I think the leaves are too pointy. But I've never grown any of the others, so that kind of limits my opinion Confused
Name: Dora
Calgary (Zone 3a)
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dorab
May 6, 2013 7:34 PM CST
Definitely not catmint. My wintersowed catmint is up. Not the same!
Dora

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