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Milpitas, CA
SoulReaver009
Jun 12, 2020 3:06 PM CST
So I saw these seeds at the store the other day and I had to have them. Sucks that they didn't sell them earlier in the year. Believe me, I checked multiple big stores.

I was going to save these seeds for the upcoming spring. Germinate then in Jan/Feb and set them out in March.

However, I went through their botanical names and it says that Delphinium Ajacis seeds only last one season. This is some kind of rocket larkspur (I think). I didn't write down the common names. Luckily right now is the time to plant them. So I'm going to germinate all of my Delphinium Larkspurs and plant them, and harvest their seeds for next year.

Has anyone else used these seeds?
Pics below.
And can anyone tell me, if you can, if there are anymore seeds in here that are viable for one season? Meaning I have to plant NOW and collect seeds for next spring???

I looked them up already, but some sites don't list seed viability duration. I'm going to look again.

Thank you

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BigBill
Jun 12, 2020 3:21 PM CST
You have a long enough growing season where you live compared to some of us. I wouldn't worry about seed longevity at this point, just plant them and see what happens. How can you loose. What comes up, comes up. Harvest whatever seeds you would like to.

I used a product like this years ago in the preserve that I managed. They did fairly well. A few never germinated but most did very well. The more desirable plants had very few seeds in the package. They included tons of the crummy seed!
But to be honest, my native plants on Long Island eventually over ran these seeds. I could not give them enough of my time to keep them going.
And let me add that some of these plants escaped the beds that we put them in, I am assuming either birds or mice were responsible for that. So for that aspect, it was cool to see certain things pop up in all of these different places.
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Milpitas, CA
SoulReaver009
Jun 12, 2020 3:30 PM CST
Ty Bill

Also I forgot to include this list. Just to show I've done some research on this.

There's more than 300 seeds.
And that's a conservative estimate. Some of them are milkweed. I think the monarch butterflies already passed my area. So I should save them for later...

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Milpitas, CA
SoulReaver009
Jun 12, 2020 3:33 PM CST
Do I even want to grow these?

I just read this...

This toxic plant is dangerous, especially the younger parts of the plant. If consumed by humans, it will cause severe digestive issues, and if touched, it can cause severe skin irritation. All parts of the plant contain poisonous chemicals, including various diterpenoid alkaloids like methyllycaconitine.
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
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BigBill
Jun 12, 2020 4:18 PM CST
Soul, if that was a really viable concern, do you really think that they would be able to sell something so dangerous?
Chances are maybe that if you happen to be allergic to some of these issues then that would be horrible.
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Milpitas, CA
SoulReaver009
Jun 12, 2020 4:41 PM CST
OK thank you.

I'm not too good with directions. Haha. But I'm a fast learner.

Now I have to identify the seeds. Should be easy...

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