growing from seed - Knowledgebase Question

Norman Park, GA
Question by mlppc
November 4, 1997
I have some Canna Lily, Daylily and some Palm tree seeds. I have not been able to get them to grow. Does anything special need to be done to get them to grow?


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Answer from NGA
November 4, 1997

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Daylily seeds must be stratified before planting. Place the seeds in a plastic bag of moist peat, and refrigerate for 6 weeks. You can start them inside 8-10 weeks before transplanting to the garden (after last frost). Plant seeds in early spring or latesummer if you want to grow them in outdoor beds.

Cannas aren't that easy to start from seed. Here's what breeders do to ensure that their's germinate: file a small nick in the seed coat so the seed can soak up water. Sow seeds in sandy-peat soil, maintain even moisture and soil temperatures between 75-90F. If you choose not to go through all this trouble, they'll probably still sprout, but will do so sporadically over the next several months.

Palm seeds need to be fresh in order to germinate (within 3 weeks to three months, depending on the species). To plant fresh seeds, prepare starter pots or flats with firmly-packed, well-draining, peaty potting soil. Press the seeds into the soil surface, and cover with soil to a depththat equals the width of the seeds. Keep them warm and evenly moist, and they should germinate within a few weeks.

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