Germinating Verbascum Southern Charm - Knowledgebase Question

Bronxville, NY
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Question by lisacader
June 16, 2001
i recently purchased verbascum southern charm seeds from burpee, after having seen the plants in a renaissance garden exhibit at the new york botanical garden. they have not germinated. The packet i received contained golden powder that i tried to separate in peat pots and germinate in seed starting mix. it's been more than three weeks and only one leaf pair has emerged. help! what did i do wrong? what can i do to germinate them and actually have plants grow?

Answer from NGA
June 16, 2001
In my own experience this past spring, these seeds germinate easily using typical seed starting procedures. Maybe this will help you trouble shoot: use a premoistened damp soilless potting mix, sprinkle seeds on top, water lightly to settle the soil, cover with plastic wrap to maintain humidity, set pot in a bright location but not in direct sun. As soon as seeds germinate, remove the covering. Transplant to individual containers when they are large enough to handle.

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