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30/10/2013 at 13:29

I'm just curious of what some hard plants are to grow from seed, since I have to right a report abot a seed, but I want to write about something that is intresting, any ideas?

30/10/2013 at 13:49

Seeds that need stratifying (periods of cold and warm temps) can be difficult to grow. They might be of interest to write about.

30/10/2013 at 14:07

Of course, any suggestions?

30/10/2013 at 14:17

A lot of plants native to the UK need the equivalent of a cold winter. I'd have to use google to find examples as I don't know off the top of my head. I'd guess some tree seeds would need this process.

30/10/2013 at 14:20

Give us an idea of what you're after Echo.

This site has a lot of info on seeds and germination requirements and will help with the neccessary research


30/10/2013 at 15:03

Ophiopogon (black grass).

30/10/2013 at 15:18

Is that hard Gm? I've never tried that from seed. I'll have to see if they've all dropped off, maybe I can give it a try. A cold germinator would be my guess

30/10/2013 at 15:37

We collect the seed and then you have to wash all the soft berry stuff off and let them dry. We then put them in the fridge for a couple of months and then pot the seeds. We get nearly 100% germination every time. We don't always get the black grass from seed (out of 100%, 70% black, 30% green), we do get some green ones too but they look every bit as good as the black ones. Give it a try nut.

30/10/2013 at 16:20

I will Gardenmaiden. I wonder if some of my patch are self-seeded, they're quite green. I've never considered that possibilty before.

30/10/2013 at 16:28
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Give us an idea of what you're after Echo.

This site has a lot of info on seeds and germination requirements and will help with the neccessary research


I'm not too sure, just anything that's intresting to write about and hard to grow. ha. I'll find something.

30/10/2013 at 16:31

Rosemary seeds are difficult to germinate, I never have much success, don't know why.

30/10/2013 at 16:41

I remember a  group of us on the old Beeb boards deciding to grow certain seeds and report back.  Most had trouble getting good germination rates with monarda, cleome and heuchera Metal shades.

30/10/2013 at 16:57

I've had rosemary and heuchera self seed, so I guess fresh seed is easier than stored seed.

30/10/2013 at 17:01

Fresh seed is always reliable. I often wonder how and how long bought seed has been stored

30/10/2013 at 17:44

And very often what is hard for one person is easy for another. Take Hepatica, I cannot get it to germinate, even straight off the plant and into the compost,nothing. Yet a friend, doing the same as I do, gets it to come up like Cress.


30/10/2013 at 18:30

Im sure someone on here will know this, but I cant remember, that there are some seeds that require a double period of stratification. So warm / cold / warm / cold. I seem to remember that 1st.stratification leads to shoot formation and the 2nd up to a year later forms roots.

I hope this makes some sense. Is it trilliums maybe?

30/10/2013 at 18:39

paeonies are said to need that punkdoc but I find with fresh seen they do it in one. Bought seed takes 2 years

30/10/2013 at 19:26

I tried hard (believe me) with a packet of Phlox paniculata seeds, and they just

rotted away.

30/10/2013 at 20:35

There are some lilies which form roots before they have a leaf above ground.

Epigeal germination means above ground and hypogeal means below ground. Then to go with them there is immediate and delayed emergence. Look them up for a full explanation.

30/10/2013 at 20:43

I always have trouble with delphs and larkspurs, don't think I've ever got a delph seed to germinate, not sure why? 

I grew verbena boneralis this year for the first time and they took an age to germinate, I put them in the fridge, out of the fridge, when I finally ignored them, they did well

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