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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jan 10, 2014 10:26 PM CST
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Oh my I have Chia Pet!!!!! Never thought my seeds would germinate but as you can see these from 'Purple Beauty' a bee cross is growing like crazy.
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Maybe I have a winner!!!! Hilarious!

Anyone else growing seeds from you Semp blossoms?
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jan 10, 2014 10:57 PM CST
Smiling I am going to...but with Patty's semp seeds. She sent a small pkg of seeds to me that I assume came from her semps and I have been saving liter bottles and now this weekend I have to slit them and put in soil and then count out less than the "way-too-many-seeds" amount and plant. Wish me luck!

Lucky you, Julia!! Thanks for sharing.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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Jan 10, 2014 11:37 PM CST
Julia, oops, didn't think about what to use, but can I ask what the soil mixture you used consisted of??? Need to know if I have to go out tomorrow and buy special soil mixture.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jan 11, 2014 12:07 AM CST
Just used a seed starting mix. I would think you could use a seed mix or the bagged cactus mix. These are in a cool greenhouse so I can control the water.

Good luck Bev. The seeds are really tiny tiny. Whistling
I still have a bunch more to clean and put in bags from different plants, I could share also.
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Name: Kate
S Wales UK (Zone 9a)
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Eviesmummy
Jan 11, 2014 3:12 AM CST
Oh wow! That's a LOT of semp seedlings! I can't wait to see how they develop!
I suspect that I may have tried to harvest my seed too early, so it's immature. The test pots I tried all failed. I will put what I've got left of it out just as soon as we've moved and are straight (removal men come on Wednesday, yikes!) but I'm not too hopeful of the results. Next summer I'll know what to do differently!!!
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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Jan 11, 2014 12:05 PM CST
Kate, hope moving goes smoothly for you! Smiling
Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Jan 11, 2014 2:19 PM CST
Thank you Bev
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Name: Kevin Vaughn
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
JungleShadows
Jan 11, 2014 3:22 PM CST
I just went out and looked at the pots and SO many are germinating and some look as though every seed has come up. other pots still nothing yet but I'm almost a little glad as I'm sure there'll be some winter here before it's all over. Already have 8 pots that germinated before the cold weeks in December growing in the kitchen window.

Julia, see you didn't think this was going to happen did you?? I remember when my first semp seeds germinated back in '64! It still gives me a thrill.

Best yet, it is SUCH fun, even if you don't get a bunch of winners you have more than enough plants to give away to friends who just want something pretty for landfscaping.

Kevin
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jan 11, 2014 3:45 PM CST
Kate, hope you can get settled soon. Keep us posted on those new plants.


Kevin, with all the seedlings in there I believe some new friends will be in order!!! Hilarious! I usually have an abundance of plants coming out of the greenhouse around May too. If all goes well there could be a few gifts coming to Oregon!!! 'I wonder think those nurseries we are going to visit might trade!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
I always do this with seeds, same thing happened when I collected heuchera seeds. After potting in to 4 inch pots , ended up with about 15 flats of heuchera.

Raining and windy here today!! At least it's not snow.
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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Jan 14, 2014 11:14 AM CST
January's project:

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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jan 14, 2014 12:13 PM CST
Looking good! Keep us posted!
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Name: Kevin Vaughn
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
JungleShadows
Jan 15, 2014 9:06 PM CST
Julia,

Unfortunately most of the seedlings are sort of bad copies of their mother although some parents produce mostly nice progeny regardless of dad. 'Killer' is definitely one that gives all pretty seedlings. This year I crossed it with 'Fuego' and am looking forward to those. 'Jungle Shadows' is another that gives lovely seedlings. The 'Killer' X 'Jungle Shadows' row was spectacular! There should be several named from that group.

I like the "germination chambers" Bev. Think that will help keep the moisture in and get them germinating too although mine are doing their thing in the pots already. The pots are clustered by my garage, which protects them and then I use Remay over the top that protects them down to 23F on colder nights. The daylily and iris seedlings look fine and they are certainly more tender than the Semps are.

Now that you've all growing seed the next step is to make your crosses. At the clinic this spring one of the exercises will be deciding on good crosses to make.

Kevin
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jan 15, 2014 9:33 PM CST
Sad! So your telling me no good looking ones in my batch? 'Purple Beauty' must not be a great mom?
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Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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Jan 16, 2014 1:31 AM CST
WHAAAA Julia.
Lots of seedlings there.
I was a bit disappointed with my only 2 trials (so far!) as I haven't got hundreds of seedlings. But still, if all the ones I've got turn into nice colonies... I will soon run out of place for all of them.
But... don't you like variety? Would you rather have them all in the same shape&color... well, it makes sense. Otherwise, you'd have to grow all of those and then decide which ones are the keepers :)

Bev, are those Sempervivum seeds planted in the jugs???
Do they enjoy wintersowing ???

Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jan 16, 2014 10:51 AM CST
We shall see what comes of them. This is my first try growing semps from seeds. They may just be images of the mother plant and nothing new and spectacular. I was hoping for something interesting but it will be a great experience to grow them. I had so many of my semps bloom out this summer so I potted all the bloomers together in a container hoping the bees would do the pollinating work. Lazy me.
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jan 16, 2014 12:41 PM CST
fixpix said:
Bev, are those Sempervivum seeds planted in the jugs???
Do they enjoy wintersowing ???


Yes, Calin, those are semp seeds in the jugs and I shall see if they enjoy the winter sowing by what happens...Fingers crossed that something green happens! I agree

Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
Garden Photography Region: Pacific Northwest Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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springcolor
Jan 16, 2014 1:34 PM CST
Looking forward to seeing you results Bev.
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Name: Kevin Vaughn
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
JungleShadows
Jan 16, 2014 7:30 PM CST
Julia,

Never did any seedlings from 'Purple Beauty' so i can't tell. It is odd how some are such good parents and others are such duds. generally anything that looks muddy comes back and gives you a pile of pigs. You will see some of those in my patch this spring!

In '13 I crossed mostly "pretty faces X pretty faces" so I should run into fewer pigs. However, I also did a bunch of crosses of 'Plastic' X big reds and purples that could be in the mud group, depending upon what genes are segregating. I would certainly like a red or purple version of 'Plastic' but it might take another generation.

Kevin
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jan 16, 2014 7:40 PM CST
springcolor said:Looking forward to seeing you results Bev.


Will post if I see anything green, Julia, but only if green. Who knows, you may not see me on this thread again... Crying
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
Garden Photography Region: Pacific Northwest Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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springcolor
Jan 16, 2014 9:14 PM CST
Have hope Bev, maybe you will get a few purple ones right from the start!!! Green Grin!


"Gives you a pile of pigs!" Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I only had 'Purple Beauty' a few short months before it bloomed out. Going to the data base to look at this one. Will it be pigs or beauties, one way or the other there is a ton of them. Blinking
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