Seeds forum: Balloon Flower seeds - tough germinating

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Name: Julia
Upstate NY (Zone 6a)
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JuliaNY
Apr 7, 2012 10:53 AM CST
I started several seeds almost two weeks ago indoors. All of them EXCEPT the Balloon Flower seeds have germinated.
Is there some special trick to get them to germinate? I am doing them indoors, on a heat mat with lights overhead. I read on the package that the seeds needed light to germinate and 65-70 degree temp.

Could it be they are just bad seeds? Shrug!
Julia
Upstate NY
Zone 6
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe (Zone 6a)
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JonnaSudenius
Apr 8, 2012 5:27 AM CST
It can take up to 3 weeks for Balloon Flower to germinate. They need light, that means the seeds must not be covered with soil.

Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Apr 8, 2012 10:23 AM CST

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I agree mine usually self seed outside.. so try and mimic that inside
Name: Julia
Upstate NY (Zone 6a)
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JuliaNY
Apr 10, 2012 9:11 AM CST
I guess I just need more patience with these. Whistling
Thanks for the replies.

Julia
Upstate NY
Zone 6
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Apr 10, 2012 6:34 PM CST
The balloon flowers that I wintersowed took over 6 weeks to germinate. The balloon flowers and columbines were the slowest in my group.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Apr 22, 2012 5:10 AM CST
So it might take even longer in colder zones like here in zone 3!
Thanks for telling us how long it might be.

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