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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 18, 2014 4:06 PM CST
Are there any tricks or information that anyone would like to share?
The packet says germination may take up to 42 days?
I tried them one year,but probably tossed them thinking they were not going to germinate.
Name: Karen
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Feb 18, 2014 6:43 PM CST

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I can't help. I've never tried them.

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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Feb 18, 2014 6:57 PM CST
I grow mini marine heliotrope every year. This is my favorite and goes in almost every pot. I just sow on top of seed soil, cover with a dome, and place on warming mat at about 68 or so. Germinating in about 2 weeks. The regular Marine is just to big for me. Then I pot up in 4 inch when they get big enough to handle. I'll get a picture of mine.
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Feb 18, 2014 7:26 PM CST
Here you go! Looks like it's time to pot up.
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Feb 18, 2014 7:31 PM CST
I grow them from seed as well. This year I am using the vermiculite sowing and put them on a heat mat. Germinated in just a couple of weeks this year.

BUT, I also take cuttings in the fall because they are fairly slow growers, at least for me.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 19, 2014 5:30 AM CST
Thanks. Warmth and light does it.
Name: Julia
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springcolor
Feb 19, 2014 10:03 AM CST
Yes, you got it! Caroline have you grown heliotrope in the garden be for?
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 19, 2014 4:58 PM CST
I occasionally have purchased plants for container growing.
But I am an inveterate seedster, and must try everything from seeds! *Blush* *Blush* *Blush*
Name: Julia
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springcolor
Feb 19, 2014 8:26 PM CST
You will do well. They are easy but they will not be good size plants until late May.
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Name: Caroline Scott
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Feb 20, 2014 3:46 AM CST
Usually we can not put tender annuals out until beginning of June so that will be fine here.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Feb 20, 2014 3:46 PM CST
I've grown them from seed and found them to be VERY slow growing. I've overwintered a few, but they always end up full of bugs. But they smell soooooo good! Hmm, think I'll go see if I have any seeds left.
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Feb 20, 2014 3:56 PM CST
Does anyone know how long Heliotrope seed stays viable at room temp? I found some 2008 seed and am letting it pre-soak before sowing. I won't count on any germination but it will be fun to see if anything sprouts. Smiling
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woofie
Feb 20, 2014 5:03 PM CST
Well, unfortunately, the resource I checked only shows them being viable for 1-2 years in ideal storage. I found 3 lone seeds in my little baggie, and I know I've had them for longer than that, so I guess we'll see just how accurate that list I checked is. Fingers crossed. Smiling
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Feb 20, 2014 5:52 PM CST
Thanks, fingers-crossed! I've never grown Heliotrope before but I may just buy a plant, if these don't germinate, and plant it near the front door. Smiling
Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Feb 23, 2014 12:35 PM CST
I started some last year in January and they were gorgeous. I ended up putting 3 plants in a wood barrel with other purple plants. The seeds were 3 years old. I used a heat mat during germination time. Careful not to get water on the foliage. From my notes: sowed them Jan 11/13, germinated Jan 17/13. Dwarf Benary's Marine packaged 2010.

Apr 6 (germinated Jan 17)

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Apr 27

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July 8

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Aug 11

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Aug 25

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Seed Starting January 2013
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Also, seeds were from William Dam Seeds http://www.damseeds.com

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 23, 2014 12:42 PM CST
Is that fan flower in your last picture? Scaveola?
Your Heliotrope were amazing.
Your pictures are inspiring---I just sowed some last night so mine will be small.
They were Dwarf Marine from Mr. F. seeds rack.
Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Feb 23, 2014 12:45 PM CST
Yes Scaveola, Ipomea, Dwarf Cypress grass
Name: Julia
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springcolor
Feb 23, 2014 1:07 PM CST
Beautiful plants Joanne!!
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Feb 23, 2014 1:17 PM CST

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look happy for sure
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Feb 23, 2014 1:56 PM CST
Thanks Ladies!
I surface sow them in a 72 cell tray. I do add a fine layer of vermiculite as well. Once germinated I remove the dome and bottom heat. Last year I used Daniels 10-4-3 diluted liquid fertilizer on the seedlings.


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