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Oct 20, 2016 6:41 PM CST
|These are so beautiful! Did they sprout? Were they difficult?|
Chile (Zone 9b)
Oct 20, 2016 7:43 PM CST
|Taqiyyah, this year I had great success germinating Chilean Tropaeolum species seeds - to be honest, for some of them I thought there would be no chance since the seeds were quite old and had not been properly stored. However ..... after the great success, I lost my Tropaeolum azureum seedlings to some kind of fungus (had not applied Captan ) and some others were eaten by critters - I do not expect the tubers were formed and will survive, but I pamper them (now!).
Down here it is spring now and I still have some T. tricolor blooming (they must have hybridized with T. brachyceras, since they have a bit of yellow on their 'belly').
I know our Tropaeolum species are grown in the USA, Europe, Japan, etc., but I do not know how they manage their seeds to germinate, since here they grow in an equivalent to a USDA zone 9. I sow them outoors during Fall and they do pretty good (provided you apply Captan to the soil mix) and germinate during Winter. A few of my seedlings (T. brachyceras and other yellow hybrids) even had a few flowers. In the wild, our Tropaeolums (depending on the species) Bloom from the second half of Winter to late Spring.
Where I live, there grew many wild T. tricolor (as you can see from the pictures I posted), but the ongoing drought (8 years in the row) has diminished thir population to just a few. It's sad
Oct 28, 2016 4:42 PM CST
|Thank you so much for all that info, Ursula!
I only know of T. majus that we grow here--didn't know there were others until I saw your photo!
T. majus supposedly doesn't like hot humid weather usually, but I've been able to grow certain varieties in my hot humid garden throughout summer. I usually do sow them in late winter, to prevent them from rotting before they sprout since winters are snowy/rainy here.
Perhaps the old wild seeds will all sprout together during a rainier year!
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