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Name: Christine
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Christine
Mar 30, 2018 6:25 AM CST
Last fall I collected the seeds from my Canna's, I left them on the kitchen counter for a couple of weeks and then put them in a sealed baby food jar in the bottom of my fridge before I checked for proper storage, did I kill them? I'm asking before I waste my time trying to grow them. What can you wise folks tell me???
Name: Terri Osipov
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IJsbrandtGA
Mar 30, 2018 7:13 AM CST
Goodmorning Christine,

Assuming they were harvested st the right time, they should all be fine; stratification is not necessary from my experience, but it shouldn't hurt them either. Scarifying and soaking are recommended for better germination.

Here's a good link to help you: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/p...

I enjoy growing Calla lilies too and would love to trade some seed with you this fall if you're open to that?

Have a great day!! Terri
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Name: Christine
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Christine
Mar 30, 2018 8:01 AM CST
Good Morning Terri, Thank You! what a great link, I will hopefully do everything right, and will gladly share seeds with you in the fall if all goes well this summer Green Grin!
Name: Terri Osipov
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IJsbrandtGA
Mar 30, 2018 8:49 AM CST
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
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Christine
Mar 30, 2018 6:55 PM CST
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Mar 30, 2018 8:32 PM CST
Hi Christine!

Canna seeds will stay viable for years and years even stored in an old dixie cup you left in a drawer in the garage and forgot about 5 years ago.

Canna's are easy to grow from seed but hard to get started because they are round, hard coat seeds and the seed coat has to be nicked which is no easy feat. You can try sand paper, boiling, soaking and a myriad of other ways. Don't waste your time - here is how you do it.

You'll need to break the seed coat before you plant them. The safest way is to hold the seed with a pair of pliers and take a hack saw or dremel tool with a cutting blade. Grab the seed with the pliers and hold on tight enough so that the seed doesn't spin when you saw it. All you want to do is put a slit in the seed coat deep enough to see white. - about 1/16 to 1/8 an inch deep and about half the length of the seed. Once done, plant the seed in good draining potting mix twice as deep as the seed is thick. In a week or two you should see green popping up!

DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES TRY TO HOLD THE SEEDS WITH YOUR FINGERS! The seeds are round and slippery and will shoot out of your fingers like a bullet and blood will start leaking out .. I'm serious.
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Name: Christine
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Christine
Mar 31, 2018 6:27 AM CST
Thanks Anne, yesterday I used plier's with an old pair of jumbo nail clippers, worked like a charm. I can't wait to see them come to life Green Grin!
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Mar 31, 2018 8:00 AM CST
You're welcome. Canna from seeds rarely come out looking anything like the parent in form.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

G'Kar

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