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Mar 9, 2010 5:52 PM CST
|Has anyone had any experience growing these from seed? I managed to get about 4 started last year, but it took me 2 separate tries and numerous seeds. I have the same seed pack as last year, plus some new seed (different color) and of about 12 seeds, only 2 have germinated. I don't know that they need heat, or anything special, but perhaps I'm missing somethings. Any ideas? Otherwise, I might try the Deno method and see what happens.|
Mar 9, 2010 7:04 PM CST
|Here's what Clothier says about abutilon. Are you using bottom heat?|
Abutilon darwinii , , ,Type= a/p , , sow @ 75ºF , 15-30d
Abutilon theophrasti , velvetleaf, flower of an hour , ,Type= an , , sow @ 75ºF , 15-30d , cornfield weed
Abutilon vitifolium , parlour maple , ,Type= an , , sow @ 75ºF , 15-30d
Mar 9, 2010 8:12 PM CST
|Karen: The temperature in my basement where I start my seeds is 72 degrees. If I put it on the heat mat, it will go up to about 80. Do you think I should try that? I guess I don't have much to lose if they aren't sprouting anyway.|
Mar 9, 2010 8:26 PM CST
|Well, I don't know that that would help, I've never grown them. But it's what I'd do. |
Mar 9, 2010 8:36 PM CST
|OK--I've moved them onto a heat mat in a little container with a humidity dome. If they don't grow, I'm blamin' you, Karen|
Mar 9, 2010 8:37 PM CST
|Well, I DID tell you that I've never grown them.|
Mar 9, 2010 8:39 PM CST
|Hmmm....Didn't see any legal disclaimer on your signature LOL|
Mar 9, 2010 11:23 PM CST
|I tried them from seed a few years ago. They bloomed fine too. Come to think of it, I think I had wintersowed them.|
Apr 5, 2010 6:41 PM CST
|I've grown them before and all I did was stick the seed in the seed mix. Didn't use a heat mat or anything and they grew. I've only done them once so maybe it was beginners luck?|
Here's a picture of a seedling, I might have enclosed the cup in a baggie for extra humidity, maybe that would help?
Apr 5, 2010 7:22 PM CST
|Only about 1/4 of my seeds germinated (and I did have them under a humidity dome). Not sure if was the seed or my technique, although I didn't have great success last year, either. I managed to get 4 plants started, so that will have to be satisfactory for this year.|
A friend of mine has kept on going through the winter by rooting a cutting (!) Who knew? May try that at the end of this season.
Apr 5, 2010 8:35 PM CST
|I've brought the whole plants in for the winter and they will even bloom in a north window! Or you can take cuttings too. I had one for a few years that I pruned into a small standard. Mine were the Bella variety. |
Your 4 plants will probably be great! What colours are they?
Apr 6, 2010 4:20 PM CST
|Hi, Steven: I've managed to germinate 2 of the Bella Yellow, and 2 pink (think these are the Bella variety also). Last year, I just had the pink and they were beautiful; can't wait to see the yellow this year! Thanks for the tips on overwintering these.|
Apr 6, 2010 4:55 PM CST
|Heres a link with some more information and some picutres of the one I had. http://davesgarden.com/guides/... I had the yellow too, and it was beautiful! The one i had was more lemony. I think I'll start another one for this year!|
Apr 6, 2010 5:15 PM CST
|Great photos--I loved the idea of training one into a standard! |
What I found so amazing last year was how small these plants were when they started blooming--they literally were only abut 4" tall with those big blossoms. I was always afraid the blossom was too heavy for that tiny plant. As an annual, mine probably got to be about 12 - 14" tall.
Apr 6, 2010 5:37 PM CST
|Wow, I don't think mine ever made it that tall in one season! Last time I grew them they mysteriously died..........then I realized the pot had no drainage holes.... .......that wasn't my brightest moment but they were beautiful while they lasted. And I too like how they flower while still small, 'exotic' plants like that always seem to take forever to bloom!|
Apr 8, 2010 6:18 AM CST
|I only scanned this thread.... but I tried them on a heat mat, still nothing.|
Maybe i'll quickly WS some.
Last year, I was at a Flea Market with friends and he bought one... had no idea what it was at the time, so I looked it up for them [they are Sr's with no PC]
I also told him, at the end of the season, he can over winter it in his house... I never knew what they did with it until about a week ago. I was talking to his wife and she said it is stunning and full of blooms. I think he has the green thumb, because she commented he wont let her touch it.
I cant wait to see it again this summer.
He has the Yellow one... the seeds i have are for "mixed". I got them in a seed swap.
now i'll finish this thread... then maybe i'll get some seeds sown today.... COLD gloomy day here, but warm temps are around the corner again.
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
Apr 8, 2010 6:30 PM CST
|Let us know how your seeds do, Terese. I've decided that these are just rather slow to germinate and start growing. Once they get started, they are fairly hardy.|
Can't wait to see the yellow blooms this year!