Seeds forum: datura

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Name: Theresa
Calgary AB
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violist
Feb 7, 2010 11:22 AM CST
Any tips for speeding up datura germination?
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Feb 7, 2010 12:21 PM CST
Last year I was lucky & ended up with 3 gorgeous daturas from plant trades. My gardener in training picked out a pkg of the Angel's Trumpet DBLE Golden Queen. A few years ago I started a lavender color datura and I had soaked it in a water with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide. I think I will do that with the Angel's Trumpet.
Name: Joanne, too
Calgary, Alberta
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Yoyo_Jo
Feb 9, 2010 9:29 PM CST
In 2008, I soaked all my Datura seeds in a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide & water for 24 hours. 'Lilac Lefleur' germinated in 5 days, 'Double Black Currant Swirl' germinated in 30 days and 'Double Golden Queen' never germinated at all. I don't know what to tell you - hard to say whether or not the soaking worked. I wonder if they need bottom heat? I'll check my seed starting books...
Name: Theresa
Calgary AB
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violist
Feb 10, 2010 9:37 AM CST
I do soak, but will try the hydrogen peroxide I guess. I don't have a heat mat either, perhaps should invest in one.
Name: Kim
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Seller of Garden Stuff Seed Starter Plant and/or Seed Trader
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Kim
Feb 19, 2010 7:19 PM CST
Wanted to give a little brief "How To" for a certain species. It has been said that Datura quercifolia is one of the hardest Datura seeds to germinate. I have read it repeatedly stated on the internet. So I thought I'd share a few pointers...This species will not and I mean will not germinate before 30 days. It requires high moisture and warmth for germination. Therefore a medium that can be keep very moist without molding is best. Here are 2 methods I use and get almost 95% germination rate. Use moist vermiculite (seal them in a ziplock bag) and place in a sunny windowsill. Or use damp Bounty paper towel fold the seeds inside and place them in a ziplock bag, and wait 30 days. They are also errattic. But this will give you a 95% rate. Hope this helps and Happy Gardening!
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Feb 19, 2010 7:43 PM CST
Kim,

Is that the type I have: Angel's Trumpet Double Golden Queen
It doesn't have any other info on the package
Name: Kim
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Seller of Garden Stuff Seed Starter Plant and/or Seed Trader
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Kim
Feb 19, 2010 8:27 PM CST
No no no, Sorry I was just posting to the Datura forum. Because this species (quercifolia) can be hard to germinate. So if any readers are passing by they can not be dismayed by this species..lol. They do resemble the Lilac Le Fleur seeds. And 5 days was an awesome germination rate for that one. They are slow too..
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Feb 19, 2010 9:28 PM CST
Kim, Thanks for your advice. I got 3 daturas last year thru a plant swap so I didn't start any last year from seed. I did seed Lilac Le Fleur a couple of years ago and the darn thing boomed before it was 6 inches high. It bloomed all summer and I had to keep moving in different spots so that the dog didn't get hurt from the wicked seed pods. Good thing I had it in a container
Name: Kim
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Seller of Garden Stuff Seed Starter Plant and/or Seed Trader
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Kim
Feb 20, 2010 1:33 AM CST
Yessss I grew this lilac le fleur from seed. Wonderful plant. Wish the flowers were a little bigger though...mine took a while to bloom probably needed more sun.

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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Feb 20, 2010 9:26 AM CST
Kim,

You have a great cubit started. You are welcome to tell us about it in a thread under the Garden Patio Forum called Cubit Review
Name: Kim
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Seller of Garden Stuff Seed Starter Plant and/or Seed Trader
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Kim
Feb 20, 2010 11:04 AM CST
LOL Where do I find that??!! I stay lost and confused around here Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Feb 20, 2010 11:29 AM CST
Here you go. http://cubits.org/Germination/thread/view/3715/

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