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bluepoppy
Mar 28, 2016 11:30 AM CST
I would like to find where to buy plants.
Anyone know?
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Mar 28, 2016 2:01 PM CST
My locally owned nurseries always have them in the spring. There are a couple online places that sell them too but most of the ones I checked are out of them. Edelweiss Perennials is one of my favorite online stores:

http://www.edelweissperennials.com/Large_Image.aspx?nm=1703

They grow easily from seed but don't flower the first year.

It would be good if you updated your profile to include a location and hardiness zone. We aren't trying to be nosy but that information will help us help you.

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bluepoppy
Mar 28, 2016 2:08 PM CST
I'm In zone 6, PA
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jvdubb
Mar 28, 2016 2:44 PM CST
I am NOT finding them easy to start from seeds!
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Mar 28, 2016 3:29 PM CST
Pasque Flowers are Alpine plants. The seeds have to be sown immediately after they mature (come off the seed head easily) or they will go into a dormancy that you have to break. The easiest way to do that is sow them outside in the fall and let the weather help you along. Or, cold stratify them in the refrig. for a month or so.

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Leftwood
Mar 28, 2016 6:44 PM CST
Daisy, did you mean to infer that most alpine plant seeds follow this germination regime that you describe?

Please clarify!
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Mar 28, 2016 7:28 PM CST
That would be a lot of research to verify that but yes, I would say so.

A lot of plant seeds have a built in mechanism to keep them from germinating at inopportune times. These seeds will grow if freshly harvested seed is planted and the conditions are right. But if they don't immediately germinate, will go dormant. It takes some sort of act on our part to break the dormancy.

For Alpine plants, that's most likely cold, moist stratification. Sow these seeds in the fall or expect to stratify in your refrigerator for the winter.

Daisy

Name: Nora
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HemNorth
Apr 8, 2016 2:47 AM CST
Once you buy a few plants of different colours, they seem to take care of seeding themselves on their own, coming up with miraculous new variations!
One mauve parent plant next to the plant label, produced five seedling plants.


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White


And Pulsatilla vulgaris (formerly Anemone pulsatilla) 'Papageno'. They produced the following offspring and many more.


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Thumb of 2016-04-08/HemNorth/9d9015 Their seed heads were allowed to mature and blow away to where they wanted to grow. Sandy soil and fairly dry conditions, but with a full snow cover for at least a month or two may have helped. These plants are also known as Prairie Crocuses and grow wild in many areas. I hope this can be of some help. Smiling

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Bonehead
Apr 8, 2016 11:29 AM CST
I've never had mine reseed themselves, but perhaps I've just weeded them out. I'll keep an eye on that this year. When do your seedlings show up?
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Apr 8, 2016 11:30 AM CST
HemNorth said: These plants are also known as Prairie Crocuses and grow wild in many areas. I hope this can be of some help. Smiling


Of course "these plants" of yours are not the American native pasque flowers (Pulsatilla patens). They do not grow wild in the USA or Canada, unless they are invasive. Your Pulsatilla vulgaris is from Europe and Asia.

Nevertheless, I have to say your seedlings are wonderful! That second to last pic looks better than the original Papageno! Thumbs up
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Apr 8, 2016 12:09 PM CST
Mine reseed freely also. They have little feathery leaves and don't bloom the first year. Here, I took a photo of one:

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Please excuse the dry skin. Not much humidity in the desert.

Daisy

Name: Nora
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HemNorth
Apr 9, 2016 10:46 PM CST
Thank you, Daisy, for your fine photo of a seedling. In answer to Deb, they show themselves the first or second spring, I think. I usually wait until the next year when they bloom to move them if they are in the way. When they show their colour and type - simple, or Papageno-like, I find a good spot for them or pot them up for the Garden Club plant sale, with a label as to their colour.

Today a new seedling opened that took me by surprise. It resembles the very frilly pale mauve that Leftwood says is similar to the original Papageno. Thank you, Rick for that information.

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Another lovely seedling that is at least two or three years old, wanted to be shown as well.



Thumb of 2016-04-10/HemNorth/72a502 This plant looks better if you click on it, and then it can spread itself out a bit. I didn't realize that could be done until I tried it on my first picture way above. Then you could see all 5 plants that were seedlings of the original one by the plant tag.
Bluepoppy, I hope you've been able to get some plants or seeds so that you can get some happy interbreeding going on!
Thanks for this opportunity to share. Thumbs up


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bluepoppy
Apr 10, 2016 7:38 AM CST
I found Amazon has plants. Wonder how they would be??
They also have a lot of seeds.
Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Apr 13, 2016 7:28 PM CST
I tried to grow Pulsatilla last year from seed, winter sowing. NADA.

But what has popped up in one of my beds?! It sure looks like Pulsatilla. I do sometimes dump my unsuccessful winter sowing containers back into my big soil bin. So I guess that is how it came to be. If it really is Pulsatilla

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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Apr 13, 2016 10:02 PM CST
Looks like you successful. Those are Pasque flowers.
Name: Nora
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HemNorth
Apr 14, 2016 2:24 PM CST
Congratulations!!!! You did it! Thumbs up

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