Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Aloe seeds (sow or wait)

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Name: Calin
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fixpix
Nov 6, 2013 3:06 AM CST
Hello everyone.
Without thinking too much, I bought about 5-6 kinds of Aloe seeds (saponaria, broomii, zebrina, brevifolia, reitzii, variegata), Graptopetalum bellum, and Edithcolea grandis (this is the one I really WANT).

Question is...
Now it's November, winter's coming, cold and short days and I'm thinking whether it's a good thing to sow these seeds or wait till spring.
The person I bought from has among instructions (sow when still fresh, but it needs long warm and bright days... not like the one I've got now).
Should I SOW / WAIT till spring?
I can't produce lights and so on. I don't have that kind of setting in my apt.
Plus I've had humidity (condense) problems last winter... too many pots around.
So if you advise me to wait till April/May, I will gladly do that.
But will the seeds also wait?
Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Nov 6, 2013 9:38 AM CST
Calin,
So why didn't you wait till spring to buy?
If you got them, and wait, you may have only 1/2 the success rate. Do they recommend where to place the seeds until ready? Like in a cool dry place.
Can you get your hands on an old fish tank with hood/light? It could make the perfect seed starter setup.
I do see your dilemma. Hope it works out for you.
Best of luck,
Stush
Name: Calin
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fixpix
Nov 7, 2013 12:36 AM CST
Hello Stush!
Well, the thing is... even if i bought the seeds in spring, it'd still be the same seeds... as seeds are produced in summer/fall.
I guess I should give them a try no matter what. or split the seeds (hard, when I only have 5 of some).
:)
Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Nov 7, 2013 7:46 AM CST
Good point Calin,
I would definitely go for it. What's the worse that could happen. Try to find a warm bottom heat spot to get the seeds off to a good start. Maybe top of the refrigerator. Only for a few days, then on a bright window seal, no direct sun for a while. Sorry I know you know this already. Keep us posted.
Stush
Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Nov 10, 2013 7:08 AM CST
I sowed Aloe polyphylla seeds on a windowsill last December. They were slow to get growing, but I saw good germination rates. About 2 weeks ago I sowed lithops seeds and now have a good crop of seedlings. I have no lights just sunlight through the window, but so far it doesn't seem to have harmed them in any way. I look at it as giving them a head start on next spring.
Kate UK
Name: Calin
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fixpix
Nov 11, 2013 1:41 AM CST
Goood point Kate!
I decided to give them a try.
:)
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Nov 14, 2013 2:06 AM CST
Good luck, Calin! Smiling
Name: Calin
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fixpix
Nov 14, 2013 2:27 AM CST
Thanks Bev.
I sowed them 3 days ago. Monday. Let's see!
Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Nov 16, 2013 10:05 AM CST
Well, and wasn't someone saying on another thread that they germinate kind of erratically? So patience might be a key factor.

Sorry that I don't have any to share! Rolling on the floor laughing

I *do* wish you were here so I could give you a fishtank, however... Angry

Wishing you luck!
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Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
Nov 18, 2013 2:47 AM CST
Thanks Sheryl Smiling
Fishtank... but may i ask what happened to the fish?
LOL
Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Nov 27, 2013 5:01 PM CST
Ha - never had them - just got them from a neighbor, thinking that I'd put them on their ends and keep my orchids in them. I'm really, really low on humidity here.

But the project never got off the ground.... or my front porch!
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