Propagation forum: Growing Agapanthus from seed

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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
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chris1948
Jul 27, 2016 4:26 PM CST
Has anyone had any luck getting the seeds from these to germinate? I've to hundreds of seeds from mine but can't seem to get the seeds to germinate. If you have can you please share your secret(s).
Chris
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Jul 28, 2016 12:58 PM CST
Found this info on the web:
http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-grow...
http://gardenofeaden.blogspot.be/2012/11/how-to-grow-agapant...
http://www.agapanthus-freunde.de/uk/public/index.php?id=12
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
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chris1948
Jul 28, 2016 2:57 PM CST
Thank you Myriam, I've tried them several times but can't get them to germinate. Hopefully the links you sent above will help.
Chris
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Jul 28, 2016 3:23 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Aug 3, 2016 10:37 AM CST
I have grown these from seed in my greenhouse. I bought the seeds however. I started them in February in a nursery tray filled with seed starter mix, covered with a plastic dome, heat mat at about 68. Takes a few weeks to germinate and sporadic germination. For me this is a 2 year process to get any size on the plant, longer to get blooms. I have one left that I will get a picture of, this is in it's second year. You may want to wrap the seeds in a damp paper towel moistened with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in the water. fold the seed up in the paper towel and slide into a zip lock bag. check for germination every few days. I do that with cannas.
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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
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chris1948
Aug 3, 2016 1:48 PM CST
Thanks Julia, the two big ones of mine have given me probably 3 or 4 hundred seeds so far. I'll give that a try next year.
Chris
Name: Julia
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springcolor
Aug 3, 2016 1:55 PM CST
Well be careful how many you sow!! I sowed heauchera seed one year in a flat, must have been 300 in there by the time germination was finished. All my friends have some, sent some to members on here and planted so many on a hillside I was planting. Still had those things in pots!!! Good luck! I wonder if they need a bit of cold stratification before planting. You might want to research where they come from and try to mimic mother nature. Just a thought.
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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
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chris1948
Aug 3, 2016 6:58 PM CST
Thanks Julia I'll be sure to do that. Sorry for the short response my desktop is down and I'm on my tablet. Get tired hunting and pecking
Chris
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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DavidLMO
Aug 22, 2016 10:31 PM CST
I have some growing that I started from seed harvested from one of my 30 year old agapanthus that bloomed last summer. This is the tender variety. Yes - I hate lugging them in and out. Thumbs up

I did nothing real special. Started them in regular seed starting media that I watered with Hydrogen peroxide solution which I use for all my seeds and seedlings.

I secured some hardy Agapanthus and planted the bulbs last fall. They were small, but they did bloom and are now going to seed. I will be trying some of them as well.
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Name: Joshua
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Australis
Aug 22, 2016 10:38 PM CST
I have also started these from seeds (harvested from open-pollinated pods). Didn't do anything special. Stupidly started them in Autumn and found that I had to have them inside to germinate. Otherwise, they like being kept moist. Had them just below the surface and used regular potting mix.
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Aug 23, 2016 6:52 AM CST
Thanks David and Joshua, I've got a couple of paper bags with seed pods and a couple of the whole flower heads in them that are full of pods. I've got them here in the house drying out. I guess they should be started in spring then? When I was putting the seeds in the mix last year it seemed that a lot of them just broke into pieces. Is that normal? Is there a good way to pick them up to keep that from happening?
Chris
Name: Joshua
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Australis
Aug 23, 2016 5:16 PM CST
I did find that the seeds could be fragile (they're paper thin and don't have much substance to them), so you have to be careful with them. I generally cracked open the seed pods and collected the seeds in a small container, then "sprinkled" them into the pots.

Spring would be the best time to start them, as when I tried in Autumn it simply wasn't warm enough (and hence why most germinated once I brought them inside and they warmed up a bit).
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Aug 23, 2016 6:20 PM CST
That's an excellent idea putting them in a container and sprinkling them on the mix. I'll definitely have to remember that.
Chris
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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DavidLMO
Aug 23, 2016 6:58 PM CST
Chris

I honestly do not remember the seeds being fragile. But I start so many things from seeds, I forget a lot of the particulars.

I started them in my basement sometime between Jan 1 and Mar 15. That was when I started most perennials. I don't start annuals indoors.

I have 2 500 watt metal halide lights and 10 banks of fluorescents.
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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Aug 23, 2016 7:08 PM CST
Nice setup David, you're lucky you've got a basement. Not many of those here in Texas. I'll start mine in one of the greenhouses. I've got a propane heater for each one so I can start them a little early.
Chris

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