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May 15, 2020 6:28 AM CST
Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
i am sorry to say it has been a dissapointing time looking at my "seeds of coleus" not sprouting.15 days and no sign at all.while the zinnia seeds in the same planter/divided by a line have already started to lift their heads up.
this fake seeds packet happened to me before a few years ago.so i have lost trust in coleus seeds from packets.....so i found at my sisters garden who lives in a coastal city were the coleus survives winter and now is already flowering.so.....with her permission i picked a few flowering stems.(its also good to strengthen her coleus.two questions for today:
1.i am not sure that their are already seeds in these flowering stems so......as someone here once wrote that he would pick the stems and put them in water in order to continue the process of developing seeds from the flowers.if this is correct.....lets say that in a week or so there will be seeds.....can i sow them? or they need a period of rest before starting a whole new cycle from seed to plant?
2.i put a few "they look like seeds" in a planter.is their a chance they will sprout?also from the flowering stem.little black dots mixed with flowers.
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May 15, 2020 6:31 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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you can try but the 'flowers' need to be fully mature before the seeds will grow. Have all the actual flower parts dried up and fallen? Have those 'done' flower stems been on the plant for some time?
Easier to take pieces of stem with a pair of leaves, and root that. Coleus roots very easily.
Plant it and they will come.
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May 15, 2020 8:28 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Coleus seeds sprout very shallowly, almost no soil over them at all. How deep did you sow them?
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May 15, 2020 9:06 AM CST
Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
i will answer together to sallyg and big bill.
cuttings for sure is cool.....but i am looking for challenge like to be surprised by color .and then when the grow next to each other i will have even more surprises.i gather.
the process of turning into seed i think has been avoided by me .thats why i thought to help the process to continue until the seeds really appear.i think the stem of flowers is about two weeks old.
i sowed the seeds with sand to help the scattering....since they are so small.after sowing i put a very shallow layer of planting soil.as i am writing to you an idea came up to my mind:maybe the seeds rotted in the soil.? i will try again to sow from the packet because the weather is now extremely hot and all indeed to worry about is lack of water not to much water.
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May 15, 2020 9:23 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Hey good luck with those seeds.
I understand why you chose seeds in the first place.

I myself started seeds this year for the first time in over 40 years! Now I have the patience and the time for it. I started Salvia seeds and those silly things were so darn tiny, it was hard to see just where I had sowed them. It was like looking for dust sitting on top of dirt!! But the package said do not cover the seeds at all! I didn't pay attention to that and I just sprinkled a little soil over them. Then I worried if that was a good idea?! But they germinated in three days underlights!!
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May 15, 2020 9:47 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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It's certainly fun to anticipate surprises! Good luck!
Plant it and they will come.
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May 15, 2020 11:55 PM CST
Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
lucky you.3 days
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