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Name: Liz
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Dachsylady86
Nov 11, 2018 4:03 PM CST
I finally got my seeds planted today so they got a good long soak afterall. There are 30 pots and will be living inside all winter.
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Serjio
Nov 12, 2018 12:15 AM CST
Dachsylady86 said:I finally got my seeds planted today so they got a good long soak afterall. There are 30 pots and will be living inside all winter.


where will you keep these pots?
Name: Liz
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Dachsylady86
Nov 13, 2018 7:34 AM CST
On a rack in front of a sunny window. I did the same last year and it worked out really well.
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 13, 2018 10:38 AM CST
That's wonderful, Liz!
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
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Name: Liz
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Dachsylady86
Nov 13, 2018 1:59 PM CST
Here is a link to the rack. It seems a bit flimsy at first, but once it is set up it does the trick. I think it is advertised as an outdoor set up, but I wouln't use it for that purpose. At least not where it gets super cold outside.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000NCTGQE/
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 13, 2018 2:06 PM CST
Liz ~ Very nice. I'm glad that you have a sunny window.! Thumbs up
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Name: Jan Wax
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janwax
Nov 13, 2018 7:00 PM CST
We have that rack set-up in our greenhouse. Works well.
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Serjio
Nov 14, 2018 12:09 AM CST
Wow! Also plan to grow on the shelves in front of window (racks do it yourself). But I'm not sure if our winter sun is enough for the full development of seedlings or have to buy a lamp... Confused
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 14, 2018 12:12 AM CST
I don't have enough light inside. I would have to have very bright lights.
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Name: Joshua
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Australis
Nov 16, 2018 6:03 AM CST

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Just a bit of an update on my bee pod...

This was back in August:
Australis said:- Seeds were harvested 12th Jan 2018 and allowed to dry.
- Soaked in filtered tap water (changing daily) from the 12th to 18th Feb.
- Placed in fridge from the 18th of Feb through 2nd June.
- After 15 weeks with no activity (Paul's post above suggested 6-8 weeks), I gave up and planted them out in a pot in the hope of something happening.
- 6 weeks later, the first seedling emerged (14th July).
- As of yesterday (16th August - still in winter here), there were five seedlings.

Assuming all the seeds were viable, there could be another 20 yet (but I doubt that will happen). Hopefully a few more will come up, though.

Thumb of 2018-08-17/Australis/fbfbcc


More recently - the first photo is the 4th of Nov; the second is from the 16th (today). It's amazing how much the six seedlings have grown in just 12 days, although the pod parent (the yellow NOID) is pretty tough and propagates well. The seedling on the left got blown around in early spring and I suspect damaged the small root system; I had to prop it up, but it's managed to survive and is recovering.
Thumb of 2018-11-16/Australis/d9f917 Thumb of 2018-11-16/Australis/6ec376

This is the pod parent:
Thumb of 2017-11-12/Australis/b9e837

I have to keep a close watch for aphids, as they seem to love feeding on the young seedlings.

Then there's this promising pod:
X = Thumb of 2018-11-16/Australis/001c68

The inverse cross didn't take. I think I'll be trying a few more early-flowering crosses with 'Saffron Drift', as I was impressed with how well it stood up to the weather (just about everything else ended up with a lean or blown over).
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Australis
Nov 16, 2018 6:30 AM CST

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Forgot to add that I intend to transplant the seedlings this weekend into a planter box to give them a lot more space!
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 16, 2018 10:17 AM CST
Joshua ~ Well done! Thumbs up

Thank You! for sharing your experience.
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Dec 17, 2018 1:38 PM CST
So far, no inkling of life from the seeds. Maybe I did something wrong? Shrug!
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Dec 18, 2018 12:06 PM CST
evelyninthegarden said:So far, no inkling of life from the seeds. Maybe I did something wrong? Shrug!


No, nothing wrong, I'd wager. I only had one cross that showed roots earlier, so I just planted them all.
I fully expect most to make seedlings - at least that's what happened in previous years.

Evelyn. my seeded pots are all sitting out on the deck. It's rainy, but a relatively mild temp. I'll cover them if frost is expected. Your weather is colder, so maybe yours would do better in the house? You could try both ways.
let the mystery be
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Serjio
Dec 18, 2018 1:18 PM CST
So, I kept the seeds in the fridge for 45 days and planted them in the pots at home. Part of the seeds rose in the refrigerator, and very unevenly, some were with a spine of 2 cm! I have sown very thickly, the experience of Blyth. Now, up about 10-15% of the seeds. some crosses have not ascended any, but I still hope for them. in earth they are two weeks. The most interesting thing for me is that the seedling rose from the pod that I wanted to throw away. (when I broke the peduncle in may two weeks after flowering). I put the peduncle in the water and a month and a half pod matured in this form.
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shizen
Dec 18, 2018 2:58 PM CST
@serjio

that is very Interesting, serjio. it's interesting because the pod that was broken, continued to mature in a glass of water? enough to develop seeds for you to plant?

was this receptacle of water left inside or outside? did the pod get some sunshine, or indirect light?
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Serjio
Dec 18, 2018 3:20 PM CST
shizen said:@serjio

that is very Interesting, serjio. it's interesting because the pod that was broken, continued to mature in a glass of water? enough to develop seeds for you to plant?

was this receptacle of water left inside or outside? did the pod get some sunshine, or indirect light?


after I accidentally broke the peduncle with a pod (when I was cleaning all the peduncles in a row at the end of flowering), I put it in a pot of water in the garden. I almost did not hope for a positive result, but decided to try for the sake of experiment. During the rest of the period, I gradually shortened the peduncle, so it rotted in the water. However, the pod continued to grow. I opened it when it began to change colouring towards pale, there were about 10 seeds. now ascended until one
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tveguy3
Dec 18, 2018 6:59 PM CST
When I have had some of my pods break off, I have stuck them in the ground next to the parent plant, and they have matured and produced seeds. I learned this from Paul Black.
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janwax
Dec 21, 2018 12:11 PM CST
Signs of germination in my long planters!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
let the mystery be
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iciris
Dec 21, 2018 4:29 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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