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Feb 2, 2012 5:44 PM CST
|Some of you may remember from DG that Sandy (seedsower) was very kind and generous last year by giving away a lot of her seed crosses and I was one of the lucky recipients. Her seeds were I believe, dated from 2007 to 2010. Sandy if you read this correct me if I am wrong, I couldn't find the piece of paper with the dates on it. Any way she gave me 10 assorted crosses, I started 20 last April and had 19 of the 20 germinate, I have 18 seedlings planted, 1 seedling didn't make it because a pesky chipmunk dug it up and broke it off. |
I took some of the seeds from the fridge and started to soak on Thursday, Jan 26 and much to my surprise 2 had germinated this morning. Northern Glitter X Black ambrosia and Nantahala Mankiller X Spacecoast Technical Knockout. Lets hope the others do as well.
I think if your seeds are mature, dried well and properly stored they will be viable for quite a few years. I mention this because someone had asked that question about age..
Feb 2, 2012 8:45 PM CST
|I agree, if stored correctly, the seeds should remain viable for a number of years. |
I too have some of Sandy's seeds that I started last year. Perhaps a couple will bloom for me this year ~j
Feb 2, 2012 8:53 PM CST
|Jan that would great if you had some bloom this year, I sure hope so. I don't expect any bloom this year but hopefully the next, depending on the weather of course. |
2 more of those seeds germinated late this afternoon.
Feb 2, 2012 9:00 PM CST
|Hi Margaret, |
I'm starting seeds that have been in the fridge since 2008. I do not gather my seeds until the pods are brown and start to crack. I then let them dry for 3 to 7 days. Then they are put into the little bags, grouped into another sandwich bag and put into a plastic bowl with lid. They are stored in an extra fridge that is not opened as much as the kitchen one, but it's still used.
After 17 days I had 3 to germinate. Today made day19 and I had 14 more to germinate. I did not soak mine at all. They were planted in plastic cups, lightly covered then soaked with warm water. They are growing in an unheated greenhouse. Our weather for the past 19 days has hip hopped from 25 to 75 so until the last 3 days they haven't had a consistant warmth. It has been about 50 now for 3 days and I'm starting to get germination. I too, am very curious to see how many will grow. So far, I've only had 4 packs that I chunked because of mold, the rest have been good.
I'll be updating regularly how they are coming along.
Feb 2, 2012 10:51 PM CST
|Mona my first seeds were done in a similar method as yours and I also had some that got mold. When I got Sandy's seed they were perfect and after almost a year they still are. I asked how she did hers and this is what she said she did. "When I pick my seeds I put them in coffee filters and put them around the house wherever I find room and know they won't be disturbed. A week or two later I'll stack the filters with seeds and package them up a month or two after that to put in the fridge. I use the ziplock's from the craft dept to store the seeds in the fridge." |
This is how I germinate mine, it's simple and I don't remember anymore who first told me about it, but it works really well. Put the number of seeds that you want to germinate in one of those little Ziploc bags along with a small piece of paper towel, I cut a bunch at once to just fit the baggie, moisten with a 10% peroxide, distilled water mixture, leave at room temperature, I check daily after about a week and I usually remove and plant each seed as it germinates. Some seeds can take up to 90 days to germinate so don't give up on them too soon.
Feb 3, 2012 5:48 PM CST
| More seeds germinated today, I planted 8 seeds in their little pots and hopefully they will all grow into healthy seedlings. |
2 etched Eyes X Oliver Billingslea, 2 Nantahala Mankiller X SC Technical Knockout, 2 Northern Glitter X Black Ambrosia, 2 SC Cranberry Breeze X Alexa Kathryn
Feb 3, 2012 6:09 PM CST
|I have some of her seeds too. Well not seeds anymore but seedlings in the ground. Hope I get 1 or 2 blooms this year! That was so nice of her!!|
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Feb 3, 2012 6:20 PM CST
|springcolor that would be great if you get those to bloom this year, I'm sure you will post photos if they do.|
Feb 3, 2012 6:38 PM CST
|I just looked up your babies and you should get some pretty ones from these crosses. The Nantahala M x SC TK will be awesome, I think. Wow, I really like SCTK another one gets on the list. I'm really hooked on dark eyes & edges and orange this year.|
I had 8 more babies come up today, too.
2 were Mandalay Bay Music x Elegant Universe
3 were (Pure & Simple x Arctic Lace) x Sugar Glider
3 were Michael Miller x Elegant Universe
The Pure & Simple x Arctic Lace) x Sugar Glider I raised myself this past summer. The others were LA seeds from 2008.
The Sugar Glider cross made me wonder about something. Sugar Glider is the very first of my Hybrids to bloom in the early Spring. I wonder if that could be why it came up first of my seeds. HHHMMMPPP! I sometimes wonder about too many things. Oh well, maybe someone else can add their thoughts to this.
Feb 4, 2012 12:03 AM CST
|Mona I looked up your babies and I think you should get some beauties too with your crosses. |
Unlike Fred and Lyle I have to wait for 2 years or more to get some blooms. Mona what state do you live in?
Feb 4, 2012 1:08 AM CST
|I'm in Northeast Mississippi. We're a zone 7b. I live 15 miles due North of Tupelo, Ms which is Elvis Presley's birthplace. We're also about 90 miles Southeast of Memphis, TN. |
I've lived in MS my whole life except for 6 months spent in south Texas. Wonderful folks out there but I missed my mother so much, that we had to come back. I'm thankful, she died about a year after we got back. That's been 22 years ago and it still seems like a yesterday.
I love it here, but we have terrible blue grey clay soil. This is bad enough, but then throw in 50 million tree roots and I put all my plants in pots about 5 years ago. I have many older ones in the ground, They will grow, but it's nearly impossible to dig them up. I guess daylilies will grow about anywhere.
Blessings, Mona(notice the time, I'm having a "No sleep night". I think I'll go take a nice warm shower and see if that will help.)
Feb 5, 2012 7:45 AM CST
Happy to hear that the seeds are germinating well! I've always had great success with my pod picking, drying, packaging, storing method! I can't recall what years the seeds would have been from, I started sharing my daylily seeds back in 2005 or 2006. I usually keep them for 3 years then toss them out for lack of space to store them. I sometimes get blooms the following year but the flowers can change drastically the 2nd year they bloom.
Even if you don't get any beauties, just the fun of sowing them, watching them grow and anticipating the new blooms is worth the effort
Festive Fall x Latin Rhythm Seedling
Feb 5, 2012 8:29 AM CST
"Even if you don't get any beauties, just the fun of sowing them, watching them grow and anticipating the new blooms is worth the effort"
That's what I am discovering, thanks to you and others ~Jan
Feb 5, 2012 9:40 AM CST
Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cackle maniacally and people back away from you slowly.
Feb 5, 2012 10:50 AM CST
|Sandy, if I get anything as pretty as the one Lyle posted awhile ago from the same cross that I have, I will be very happy, it was lovely. 2 more seeds germinated, will plant today. |
Your seedling is very nice.
Feb 5, 2012 10:57 AM CST
|Um, am I hearing somebody say that daylilies will grow in pots? I got my first few daylilies just last year and I love them, but my garden area is too soggy to plant much in the ground.|
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Feb 5, 2012 11:03 AM CST
|Lots of people grow daylilies in pots woofie, give it a try. I think Joy has about 900 in pots!!|
Feb 5, 2012 11:11 AM CST
|Oh dear. I can see trouble brewing!|
Will I need to drag the pots in over the winter here in Zone 5?
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Feb 5, 2012 11:14 AM CST
|Yes, daylilies will grow in pots most definitely. |
Feb 5, 2012 11:42 AM CST
|I have grown seedlings in pots but I always put them in the ground before winter. I would definitely put the pots somewhere for the winter.|