DnD's ALL SEEDS SWAP Lightning Round 2018: Seed Growing Instructions

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Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Hybridizer Peonies Vegetable Grower
Seed Starter Organic Gardener Composter Container Gardener Spiders! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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bxncbx
Jan 19, 2018 11:45 AM CST
I'm testing this out. Trying to copy and paste. If it works I'll add more.

Alstroemeria (from two different sources)

1) Place seeds at 60F for 2 weeks. Transfer to the fridge for 2 weeks. Placed at 50F. After 12 weeks got 60% germination. Eventually got 72% germination in 1 year. Researcher knew 90% of seeds were viable.

2) Rules for 100% germination (of viable seed):
Sow mid winter to mid Spring.
Fill 3" pots with a moist, soil-less potting compost.
Sow 3 seeds 1/4" deep in each.
Wrap pots in saran wrap to retain moisture.
Place at 70F.
After 3 weeks move to fridge (not crisper) for 3 weeks.
Take out and place at 70F.
Germination will occur in another 10-14 days.
Remove saran wrap as soon as germination starts.
Plants will need to be hardened off.
Do not try to separate seedlings. Just plant in a clump.
Plant 6" deep and 12" apart. Needs well-drained soil.

Apparently all seeds aren't viable but I was never able to figure out how to tell which were the good ones.
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Hybridizer Peonies Vegetable Grower
Seed Starter Organic Gardener Composter Container Gardener Spiders! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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bxncbx
Jan 19, 2018 1:02 PM CST
This is going to be long. I hope it works!

Alyssum, Easter Bonnet Peach-(Annual) Sow 3-4 weeks before last frost. Lightly cover seeds (1/16"). Germinates in 7-14 days at 65-70F. Can direct sow. Thin to 6". Grows to height of 3-12". Spreads up to 12". Blooms Spring to Fall. Fragrant. Likes a pH of 5-7.5. Full sun to partial shade.

Anisodontea capensis (Cape Mallow)-(Houseplant /shrub) Surface sow or barely cover seed. Germination time is 2-4 weeks. Blooms Spring-frost. Likes full sun. Prune to make bushy. Likes regular watering and feeding. 24-36" tall and 16-32" wide. Grows quickly. Drought tolerant.

Apple Cactus--(Perennial zones 3-11) Fill small pots or seed trays with cactus soil. Water and allow to drain. Sow seeds in late spring when night temperatures are above 45F. Scarify seeds with sandpaper. Plant one seed per pot or 1" apart. Press seed into soil and cover with 1/8" of mix. Mist the surface. Keep humid. Put in the sun or under lights. Germination temperature: 70F. Transplant seedlings into larger pots once roots are well-developed. Keep moist for first 2 weeks and then start to increase time between waterings, allowing soil to dry out slightly.

Aruncus sylvester (dioica)-(Perennial) Sow in a greenhouse or cold frame in autumn/winter or wintersow. Otherwise, sow indoors spring/summer. Surface sow seeds and cover with a sprinkling of soil. Cold stratify. Germination may be erratic so do not discard seed trays the first year. Leave outside for germination the following year. Transplant seedlings to 3" pots. If grown indoors, harden off and plant out the following autumn. Can grow in partial shade. Does not do well in sandy soil.

Atriplex hortensis var. purpurea-(Annual) Direct sow onto prepared soil. Cover seed with a sprinkling of soil. Germination temperature of 59-65F is ideal. Germination time-7-21 days. Thin seedlings to 12" apart. Likes full to partial sun. If not deadheaded it will self-sow.

Bachelor's Button, Polka Dot Mix-(Annual) Direct sow around last frost date or start indoors 6 weeks earlier. Sow seeds ¼" deep. Likes full sun. Space 12" apart in garden. Deadheading will ensure continuous flowering.

Calendula, Lemonade-(Annual) Sow indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. Plant
seeds ¼" deep. Temperature must be at least 65F. Germination time is 7-14 days.
Let grow until plants have their first set of true leaves before transplanting. When
planting out space 6" apart. Can also direct seed in Spring. Likes full sun to
partial shade. Grows 6"-8" tall. Flowers are mostly shades of yellow with some
orange plants also. Can self-sow. Petals are edible.

Calendula officinalis nana, Pygmy Formula Mix-(Annual) Direct sow April-
May. Sow 10mm (0.39") deep, 30 cm (12") apart. Needs darkness to germinate.
Germination is 5-10 days. Space 30cm (12") apart. Can be started indoors
March-April. Germ temp is 18-23C (65-75F). Transplant when large enough to
handle to 8cm (3") pots and grow on in cooler conditions until large enough to
plant out. Needs deadheading. Flowers June-November. Likes full sun. Double
flowers in apricot, cream, gold and orange. Grows 10" tall (25cm). Can self-sow.

Campanula latifolia--(Perennial) Sow indoors Feb-April. Surface sow, light needed for germination. Germination temperature: 64-68F. Seeds sprout in 14-28 days. Transplant to 8cm pots when large enough to handle. Plant out after last frost. Space 20" apart. Can be direct sown May-June. Likes moist soil in sun to part shade. Feed monthly. Deadhead. Clumps can be divided in Spring. Flowers in summer. Grows 6' tall. Flowers are dark blue-purple.

Dianthus, Cottage Double-(Perennial) Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Can also be direct sown in Spring after soil has warmed. Sow seeds to their thickness. Space plants 10-12" apart. They can tolerate some crowding. Likes full sun and rich soil. Can tolerate dry periods. Flowers should be double.

Dill, Bouquet-(Annual) Sow in full sun, after last frost in Spring. Cover with 1/4" soil. Germination is in 10-21 days. If harvesting seeds are the goal, thin seedlings to 12" apart when 1-2" tall. If growing for leaf production, sow in clumps. Grows 2-3' tall. Organic seed.

Dill, Ella-(Annual) Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Sow successively every two weeks throughout the growing season for a continuous supply. Sow seeds 1/4" deep and 18" apart. Germination temperature: 60-70F. Seeds should sprout in 10-14 days. Thin seedlings to 12-18" apart. Do not plant dill next to carrots, but it can be planted next to cabbage or onions (not sure why). Likes full sun. Allow plants to flower if you want to harvest seed.

Gerbera Daisy-(Perennial in warmer climates) Germination temperature-70F. Germination time-10-21 days. Light required for germination so only cover seeds thinly. Sow 2-3 seeds for every plant wanted. Space plants 12-16" apart.

Godetia, Salmon Princess-(Annual) Sow in fall under glass or sow directly in spring. Surface sow. Cover with a fine layer of vermiculite. Keep moist but not wet. Germination temperature-59-65F during the day dropping to 50F at night. Germination takes 22-38 days. When seedlings have 7-8 true leaves thin to 12" apart.

Golden Columbine-(Perennial) Sow seeds by pressing into soil but do not cover.
Needs light for germination. Keep at 65-70F and germination should occur in 21-
28 days. Can also direct sow in beds in groups of 3-4 seeds spaced 6-18" apart.
Thin to the strongest plant. Place in partial to light shade in warm climates and full
sun in mild climates. Better flowering if kept well watered. Cut back old stems
for repeat bloom.

Kale, Siberian-Prefers cool weather and in many places can be grown through the winter. About 3 months before fall frost sow seeds 1/4" deep and cover firmly. Thin seedlings to 12-15" apart in rows 18-30" apart. Mulch after plants are well established. The flavor improves when exposed to temperatures of 28F or lower. Can tolerate temperatures down to -10F.

Lathyrus tingitanus (Tangier Pea)-(Annual vine) Grows up to 10 ft. Magenta
purple flowers. Seed coat does not need to be nicked for germination. Seeds
planted in March will bloom from June-July. Grow like a normal sweet pea.

Lavatera, Regis Blend-Sow seeds March-May outdoors. Sow seeds 1/16" deep in drills 12" apart. When large enough to handle, thin to 6" apart. Can also be started indoors. Cover seed lightly with growing mix. Germination temperature: 59-68F. Germination takes 7-21 days. When large enough to handle, transplant to 3" pots. Plant out after frost.

Lilium, Stargazer-(Perennial bulb) Germination takes 30-365 days. May require
cold stratification. Likes full sun to partial shade. Grows 40" tall. Blooms July-
September. Try wintersowing.

Lobelia, Fountain-(Annual) Sow in late winter, 8-10 weeks before last frost. Can also be sown in summer for planting out in early fall. Cover seeds lightly but do not cover very small seed. Needs 55F at night to germinate. When 4 leaves develop, transplant into 2" pots. Harden off for 3 days before planting out. Space 12" apart. Can also be direct sown in Spring. Plant in a raised bed when soil is still cool. Cover seeds 4x their thickness. Thin the seedlings to 12" apart.


Nasturtium, Caribbean Crush-(Annual) Sow indoors in March or outdoors April-May. Sow in peat pots or tray. Sow seeds ½" deep. Germination temperature-60-65F. Germination time-14-21 days. Harden off indoor seedlings before planting out after last frost. Deadhead to prolong flowering. Likes full sun.

Pansy, Clear Crystals Mix-(Biennial) Germination temperature-65-70F. Germination time-7-21 days. Light not necessary for germination. Cover seed lightly with peat moss. Sow 3-4 seeds for each plant you want. Space plants 9-12 inches apart in the garden. Pansies can take light frost.

Phlox, Moody Blues-(Annual) Sow March-May. Surface sow seed. Germination temperature: 64-68F. Germination takes 10-21 days. Transplant when large enough to handle to 3" pots. Harden off for a few weeks and plant out after frost. Space 9-12" apart. Can also direct sow 1/4" deep in rows 9" apart. Grows to 10" tall.


Potentilla nepalensis-(Perennial) Press seeds into soil but do not cover. Light
needed for germination. Germination takes 14-28 days ate 68F. Space plants 16"
apart. Likes sun to partial shade. Grows 24" tall. Blooms summer and fall with
pink flowers. Deadhead. I got good results with wintersowing.

Salpiglossis, Royale Mix-Sow seeds in trays. Barely cover. Cover trays with newspaper as they need darkness to germinate. Seeds should sprout in 10-14 days at 65-70F. Remove newspaper at this time. Transplant when seedlings have 2 sets of true leaves. Harden off and plant out in full sun. Plants bloom early spring-summer.

Salvia sclarea, Euphoria-(Half-hardy Perennial) Sow indoors Feb-March. Surface sow seeds. Don't cover as light needed for germination. Germination temperature-59-68F. Germination time-7-21 days. Transplant when large enough to handle to 3" pots. When well-rooted plant out in autumn or spring with 12" spacing.

Snapdragon, Frosted Flames-(Annual) Start seeds indoors from Jan-March. Surface sow seeds, light aids germination. Germination temperature: 68-77F. Germination occurs in 10-21 days. Transplant seedlings to 3"pots when large enough to handle. Harden off from 14-21 days before planting out after last frost. Space 12" apart. Prefers full sun in a light, well-drained soil.

Strawflower, Goliath-(Annual) Sow in 2" pots and lightly cover seed. Germination temperature: 65-75F. Seeds sprout in 14-21 days. Can also direct sow after frost. Thin plants to 8 inches apart. Red flowers good for cutting and drying. Grows 2 feet. Will bloom all summer if deadheaded.

Sunflower, Autumn Beauty-(Annual) Direct sow. Sow ½" deep. Sow 2 seeds every 2 inches. Sprouts appear in 14-21 days. Thin the weaker seedling (can replant elsewhere). Water well until established. Can also start in individual pots in a greenhouse or cold frame. Harden off and plant out after last frost. Likes full sun. Does not do well in acidic soil!

White Snakeroot-(Annual) Native wildflower. Seeds are like dandelions, wind dispersed. Direct sowing is easiest or try wintersowing. Flowers in fall. Will reseed.
Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
Keeps Sheep Daylilies Hybridizer Garden Photography Cat Lover Hummingbirder
Birds Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2 Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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Lalambchop1
Jan 19, 2018 9:31 PM CST
Is everyone putting directions on the plant list for each kind so we could go there for directions as well? We'll for get what plants we've put in each of the swap lists directions threads.
Leslie

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Hybridizer Peonies Vegetable Grower
Seed Starter Organic Gardener Composter Container Gardener Spiders! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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bxncbx
Jan 20, 2018 10:04 AM CST
I used to add everything to the database but sometimes there are already different instructions there. On my phone it is impossible to add anything else. Got to be such a pain I stopped bothering. Plus sometimes it takes forever for changes to be approved.
Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
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MariposaMaid
Jan 20, 2018 5:44 PM CST
bxncbx said:I used to add everything to the database but sometimes there are already different instructions there. On my phone it is impossible to add anything else. Got to be such a pain I stopped bothering. Plus sometimes it takes forever for changes to be approved.


A labour of love! Thanks for taking the time and effort to post your instructions here. I believe they should be 'searchable' even if not directly in the data base. And thanks for sharing your seeds!

Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Hybridizer Peonies Vegetable Grower
Seed Starter Organic Gardener Composter Container Gardener Spiders! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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bxncbx
Jan 20, 2018 6:16 PM CST
I might try to go back and add them to the database. It just really got difficult since they now require you to provide proof your seeds exist! Especially problematic with foreign seeds since they tend to use the older Latin names & then you have to figure out what it has been changed to in the US.
Southeast OK (Zone 7b)
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KarenHolt
Jan 20, 2018 7:23 PM CST
Elena, when I do additions, I just send the link for where I bought the durn seed at. They have been accepting that from me.
Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
Keeps Sheep Daylilies Hybridizer Garden Photography Cat Lover Hummingbirder
Birds Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2 Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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Lalambchop1
Jan 20, 2018 8:00 PM CST
Elena, I DO appreciate the time it takes you to provide us with your info. I hope that didn't come across wrong. Crying
Leslie

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Hybridizer Peonies Vegetable Grower
Seed Starter Organic Gardener Composter Container Gardener Spiders! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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bxncbx
Jan 20, 2018 9:11 PM CST
Leslie, don't worry I wasn't offended. I just like to add the info in the packs but that didn't happen this year.

Karen, I do that too but I have been turned down even then. I don't take it personally but other people have gotten really upset. I decided to take a break after reading a very heated thread.
Southeast OK (Zone 7b)
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KarenHolt
Jan 22, 2018 10:50 AM CST
Wow. I did not know that. Maybe I don't list enough info on some of these things, lol. But thank you for the heads up. Next time I'll try to find better links.
Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
Butterflies
MariposaMaid
Jan 22, 2018 2:20 PM CST
So, Elena there is difficulty first with adding the seed if there is a varience in what the seed is called or named? And, then, secondly there is difficulty adding seed growing info if it differs from that already existing in the data base? Not necessarily 'incorrect' just different?

Can growing instructions we follow in sowing a seed or growing it out simply just be added under 'comments' for that plant or as misc comment on species page? ,ie: From Total Seed Sowers packet instructions 2018 "Seed needs light to germinate. Plant out two weeks after last frost."

Anyhow, heated discussions are not always conducive to happy gardening!
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Hybridizer Peonies Vegetable Grower
Seed Starter Organic Gardener Composter Container Gardener Spiders! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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bxncbx
Jan 22, 2018 3:33 PM CST
Judy, that's right. It can get confusing trying to figure out the many synonyms that many plants have for their Latin names. The problem with changing the info in the database is probably just because I'm using my phone. I'm imagining on a computer you'd be able to to add more information quite easily.

I could use the comment section I guess. But I'd feel weird if I hadn't actually grown the plant. Some seeds have rather generic instructions that aren't always the most helpful. I try to keep my comments to things that I actually have experienced. Many seed packets don't mention wintersowing so I could add that information in a comment if I find that it germinates well that way.
Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
Keeps Sheep Daylilies Hybridizer Garden Photography Cat Lover Hummingbirder
Birds Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2 Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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Lalambchop1
Jan 22, 2018 4:57 PM CST
Elena, I think adding the WS info would be very helpful.
Leslie

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

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