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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Jan 24, 2012 6:30 AM CST
I have never tried germinating these. Have you?

I'm thinking I may be getting off to a late start on these, so I'm wondering if there's anyone here who can tell me if I can skimp a bit on time frames.

The instructions I've found are -

>Sow seeds just below moist soil surface at 70F for 1 month. Move to 30F for 1 month, then bring back to 50F.

I do have a plentiful amount of seed, so I'm willing and ready to try several approaches, if necessary.
I'd eventually like to have quite a few of these for our stream-side garden, but I'm finding it a bit tough to find the amount of already started plants needed for this large of a space.
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Onewish1
Jan 24, 2012 6:47 AM CST

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I have not.. hopefully someone has
Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Jan 24, 2012 12:22 PM CST
I'd give it a try Chelle. I understand they are pretty easy to start from seed.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jan 24, 2012 12:45 PM CST

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I've not tried them, either.

But your description: "Sow seeds just below moist soil surface at 70F for 1 month. Move to 30F for 1 month, then bring back to 50F." makes them sound to me like a good choice for wintersowing.

Most seeds, when wintersown, don't require the exact recommended conditions you read which are always for indoor-grown stuff. Rather, the fluctuations in temp that they get naturally outside, combined with alternating freeze-thaw cycles and bombardment with rain and snow, just seem to make most seeds overcome their dormancy. Since you said your seeds are plentiful, I think it's worth a try for at least a portion of them.

But then, admittedly, I do tend toward wintersowing for anything that even sounds persnickety like that. Hilarious! Usually it works out fine. Not always, but usually.

Karen
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jan 24, 2012 1:23 PM CST
I'm definitely going to try winter sowing these....it seems to me too, that these would be prime candidates! Smiling

For now though, just until I'm ready to start winter sowing, I'm trying some in a baggie as well. Just got them started today. I soaked them in hot water (with a bit of peroxide) for a few hours while I was potting up some semps, then put them in a damp coffee filter and baggie and set them on the water heater with a light on them....we'll see if this works, and how long it takes if it does. Big Grin

Thanks for the encouragement!

I'm really looking forward to the results!
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PollyK
Jan 24, 2012 2:22 PM CST
Keep us posted!
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jan 24, 2012 2:29 PM CST

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It's always good to cover all bases, chelle!

Karen
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Jan 24, 2012 2:42 PM CST
kqcrna said:It's always good to cover all bases, chelle!

Karen


Yep. Just like I covered all the bases with agastache seed last year. Rolling on the floor laughing I started 4 different varieties....

.....and ended up with nearly 72 each of two, 14 or 15 of another, and an unknown multitude of the fourth! Hilarious! Needless to say, I didn't really need quite that many!

>>Will post as soon as I see something! Big Grin
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kqcrna
Jan 24, 2012 4:55 PM CST

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I'm confident that they'll do great, Chelle.

Karen
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Onewish1
Jan 24, 2012 5:59 PM CST

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wow that is a lot of plants!!!... good for you though!!!
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Jan 29, 2012 10:10 AM CST
Thanks, Allison. I wanted those agastache to germinate for me in the worst way! Hilarious! ...and, boy did they ever!



>It's so interesting to watch these iris seeds progress!

Today I noticed that each little seed is flaking off teeny bits of its seed coat. Each seed has a ring of tiny dark specks around it - easily seen on the bright white of the coffee filter.

Tomorrow when I have them open again for a look-see and some fresh air I'll see if I can get a good photo. Smiling

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Onewish1
Jan 29, 2012 1:41 PM CST

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always fun
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Feb 9, 2012 5:37 AM CST
No sprouts on these guys after three weeks of steady warmth and light, so I believe I'll start a cold treatment period today on this batch of seeds. I'll probably just WS them outdoors. Smiling Think I should give them the extra week, or just go for it now?
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kqcrna
Feb 9, 2012 5:56 AM CST

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Chelle, if you want them to get a cold period, we're supposed to get the coldest winter week yet this year, so this might be your best bet for cold. Smiling I assume your weather is similar.

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Onewish1
Feb 9, 2012 6:29 AM CST

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as of yesterday I know this is the coldest so far here.. supposed to warm up after the weekend again
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Feb 9, 2012 7:00 AM CST

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Yes, we're supposed to warm up next week too, after a frigid weekend with lows at night in the upper teens. We haven't had such cold temps yet this winter.

Karen
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Feb 9, 2012 9:16 AM CST
Good reasoning. I'll get them out today.

Thanks for the input! Thumbs up
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Mar 21, 2012 5:18 AM CST
I think I might have the first sprout! Hurray!

There's something green showing in that container at any rate. Big Grin


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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Mar 21, 2012 8:25 AM CST
It's definite. There are a bunch of them up this morning! Hurray! I'm doing the happy dance!
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Mar 21, 2012 1:54 PM CST

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Congrats, chelle.

Karen

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