Seeds forum: Spigelia marilandica

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jul 2, 2014 8:15 AM CST
I hand pollinated my Indian Pink this year and was rewarded with seeds! Now I have to find out how to germinate them .. I'm betting they need a cold period.

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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 2, 2014 1:22 PM CST
Is that the only way to get seeds? I have one but I have just been dividing.
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Xeramtheum
Jul 2, 2014 1:44 PM CST
I've watched mine for years and never saw seeds so I decided to hand pollinate and finally got seeds. It may be that the right insect for pollinating these flowers just isn't around.
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 2, 2014 1:50 PM CST
I have never even looked for seeds but i will now. Still, I think for me, division is the way to go.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jul 2, 2014 2:03 PM CST
This is what the pods look like. When they are ripe they turn black.

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abhege
Jul 2, 2014 4:53 PM CST
Okay, I'll watch for that. Glad you posted that photo. I doubt there will be any but I'll keep an eye on them.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jul 2, 2014 5:10 PM CST
If you do see some you absolutely have to bag them while they are still green because when they ripen the pods open explosively and scatter the seeds. I use those little organza bags you can get at the dollar tree in the baby/wedding section. You can find them in 2 sizes.

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abhege
Jul 2, 2014 5:57 PM CST
I have some I use to bag my tomatoes so I will. I'll let you know if I get any!
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Jul 2, 2014 6:34 PM CST

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Glad to have found this thread.....this is one of my favorite plants EVER!! So glad to know how to look for seeds. Thanks for sharing!
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 3, 2014 6:25 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
I have seed pods!!!!! Will bag them now!!!!
I actually have three stems with seed pods!



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And like you said, now to find out how to germinate if mine ripen. This is exciting!
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jul 3, 2014 7:19 AM CST
That's AWESOME! Check around your bed where they are and see if you see any baby plants coming up.

I've been doing some research and they need light to germinate and if planted really fresh they come up fast .. otherwise they apparently go into deep dormancy and require a 3 week chilling period. I started 12 of my seeds yesterday .. I'll keep you updated on how they do. I've got some on the surface and some barely covered.
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jvdubb
Jul 3, 2014 11:16 AM CST
Bummer! I cut my bloom stems off. Now I know to leave it alone!
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 3, 2014 11:37 AM CST
No babies. I always look. Hilarious!

I'll try sowing in vermiculite.
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abhege
Jul 28, 2014 5:19 PM CST
Okay, I got over 30 seeds from two stems. One more is bagged and the plant is having another blush of blooms!

I may save some to offer for the Piggy Seed Swap and try germinating a few myself. This is exciting!

How are the seeds you planted coming along? Any germination?
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jul 28, 2014 5:54 PM CST
Wowza! That's awesome!

Nothing yet as far as germination. I sowed some seeds in a 6 pack, put a clear cover on it and stuck it in the Woodlands area where the Spigelia is. I really don't expect anything this soon, probably next Spring.
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 29, 2014 6:30 AM CST
Maybe I'll direct sow some of mine.

There are some stems that don't have any swollen pods. Not sure if they just finished flowering or never got pollinated. Strange if not since the ones right next to them did and I have a hive in my back yard. Oh well, I did get quite a few. There were a couple more stems with green pods so I put the bags on them. I should have plenty to share.

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