|I've harvested seeds from my poppy anemone plants that bloomed very nicely last summer. The seeds are quite small and enveloped in fuzz from the flower. First, can I start these seeds to become as beautiful as the bulbs? If so, how? Second, is it best to not let the plant go to seed to save the bulb's "energy"?|
|The seeds you've harvested will eventually turn into lovely plants, but they won't flower as quickly as anemone grown from corms. The seeds have some special pre-germination requirements, and they can take a very long time to sprout. Sow seeds on the surface of moistened seed starting mix, fuzzy side up. Place trays or pots into a plastic bag and refrigerate for 2-3 weeks. Remove from plastic bag and sink the containers into the ground in a shady place in the garden. Cover with glass or plastic wrap to help hold in moisture. Seeds may take from 15-190 days to sprout! Transplant seedlings as they appear. |
By the way, allowing the plants to produce seeds won't hurt them, or sap the strength of the corms.