Tropicals forum: Aristolochia from seed?

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Name: Julie
Ontario Canada
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batflower
Feb 18, 2014 6:38 AM CST
Hi all, I got some A. timbriata and A. gardneri seeds in a trade recently, and was really excited about growing them. But so far, no sprouts. Is there a trick to starting them I don't know about? Should I have soaked them or scarified them? They've been in my seed tray, under lights with bottom heat for about a month now, I started some caudiciform ipomoea's, and some papaya at the same time, and everything else came up long ago. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 18, 2014 8:51 AM CST
In my experience, some come up right away and others can take months. The fresher the seed, the quicker the germination. When I start them I get my best results by taking nail clippers and cut a sliver off the seed coat .. just enough to break it then barely cover them with potting mix. 75 to 80 degrees soil temperature is best.
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Name: mj
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mjsponies
Feb 18, 2014 9:24 AM CST
Julie,
I have found that with Pipevines as Anne said the fresher the better. I start A. fimbriata in vermiculite. I usually have fresh seed as I save some every year. ( the BF's knock down mine quick so I grow alot of it.) I fill a tray with the vermiculite, let it soak up some warm water ( I add a drop of Superthrive to the water), press the seeds on top, cover w/ a zip lock bag and place them on a wire shelf over the plant lights. Even fresh they can take up to 3-4 weeks to germinate, but I usually get a few within 10 days or so. I don't have any experience with A. gardneri so can't help you there, but I know some are alot harder to germinate than others even if fresh.
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Name: Julie
Ontario Canada
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batflower
Feb 18, 2014 10:49 AM CST
Thanks, I won't give up on them yet then. Maybe I'll try to find some fresher seeds as well, (try some different varieties too) anyone have any recommendations on a good mail order seed place that has fresh seeds?

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