Might be just me but I really enjoy growing seeds I have a few odd balls they are neat to me. This is 2 one growing threw the other very neat looking
Lets see your seedlings
A few suggestions:
Pot them up in individual pots and watch them double in size.
Sort out the ones with the dark stems/petioles - they are the most likely to have color.
It's a nice batch!!
Thanks in the process of starting with the big moving down to the small changeing pots out like little kids with shoes and i have too many kids lol :)
Looks great, Dana. Seedlings are great if you have the patience and time and money to care for them while they take their time blooming for the first time! I used to have those things but lost them somewhere along the line! I sent away about 150 seedlings this past December along with a large amount of seed. The seedlings were one- and two-year-olds. I knew that there would be no where for me to plant them or even keep them in containers as they grew. They were sent to a very reliable business with acres and acres to grow them out. I still have about 40 or so that are six-year-olds and a few a bit younger. I'm waiting for about 20 of them to bloom for the first time. They are quite big now. I have a spidery yellow seedling that is sending up an inflo that is around 3 years old, I think.
I'm not sure if this picture will work, but it's a panoramic shot of my seedlings that I took from the upstairs balcony a month or so ago. The top of the picture was cut off though. I have a friend that buys some of my bigger seedlings from me when they bloom with a flower that I don't particularly like so I had made the photo for him. These are all in 15-gallon containers. As you can see in the pictures, there are no compact plumies here. These seedlings are all long and lanky.
Clare don't give me so much hope loI have 100 in 3 gallon pots they are close to 5ft proably 150 in 2 gallon pots another 150 in 1 gallon pots and hundreds in smaller .They have been fun I have had alot of nubs but its starting were I am going to start to get flowers this is were the fun starts. There should be some decent colors . In the next week or 2 I should have pictures of some of mine I am doing heliconias exotic fruits different passifloras from seed to something to do even artichokes lol The few that i did buy paid big money for that were grafted have not flowered yet its been 2 years so i might as well grow my own. Heres my marble love the colors on the new leaves has your ever flowered
LOL, Dana. Sorry if I'm grumpy about seedlings. It's true that they are fun if you don't mind the wait for the first bloom. I'm clearly starting to mind. I almost sold them a couple of times to my friend without waiting to see them bloom for the first time, but then I figured that, since I waited this long, I might as well wait a little longer. I've heard of one guy waiting 20 years for a seedling to bloom! The nubs are frustrating.
It's good to sow seeds every year so that you have a chance to see some new blooms each passing year (about three to five years later). I had one or two seedlings bloom last summer, but they were duds. They'll end up being root stock for something else eventually.
Your Marble is great. Mine got an inflo this past winter but fell off due to the cool conditions.
Uh Clare I got rid of all my lanky, over 50, seedlings...didnt care what the flowers look like, not with the growth habit they had.
Wow Dana sounds like quite the operation...I have about 400 left and they too are finally starting to flower...expect a lot of white and pinks...that's what I have exerienced so far.
Davie I saw a few of yours I would have been proud to say I grew those! I love the weird ones that first on is really neat can't wait to see what its going to look like when it gets bigger
Clare I don't pot mine up as fast as you do. room wise I keep them in as small of a pot as I long as I can they are in 3 gallon pots that they are going to bloom in. Other people here that grow seedlings here do the same I have bought them like I need to buy any more 5 ft in 3gallon size. During the summer I have lots of room but winter time when they all get in the green house its going to be tight.
I notice on yours they aren't leafed out is it slow starting with the heat or like Conn. very cool summer? I bought some butterfly gold seed any of them with a huge flower like thats well worth having. And I am done with the seed for years to come there should be flowers coming. :) Like to see this one flower
Hi Davie! That's smart. Yeah, I'm not thrilled with the growth habit of many of my seedlings, but I thought that was just the nature of most seedlings -- other than seeds sown from compact varieties. I don't know if cuttings taken from these seedlings higher up on the tree will have the same growth habit without the tap root. I do have some cuttings of my seedlings that were accidental breakage when I moved so I guess I'll see if I hold on to them.
I've run out of room here so I'm going to plant some of my larger tree seedlings even though I've never seen them flower. If they end up having dud flowers, I'll just use the tips to graft other cultivars onto them.
You do have some nice seedling flowers, Davie. I am looking forward to seeing what you produce in the future.
I think Abigail seedlings are pretty desireable from the hybridizer's standpoint in that they bloom sooner than most seedlings and they stay compact.
Dana, your variegated ones are very pretty. I'm not sowing anymore plumeria seeds either. With my dry climate, 3- and 5-gallon containers end up being too small for my seedlings. They dry out and topple over in the first wind that comes by, and we get wind here just about every day. I've sunk them in the past, but the roots end up growing out the drainage holes, and then I have to cut off the pot when transplanting.
That picture was taken while they were still dormant. They have all their leaves now. Here are three of them below. The one on the right had black tip when it was a baby seedling. Pinching out the black tip created the four main branches that you see on it.
Good Afternoon All, This is my most different from the others. Most of my seedlings are single stalks or stems. I currently have 82 seedlings sprouted. When should I move them up to next size pot? What should next size pot be? They are currently in 8 oz clear plastic cups. I will post another pic so you get a better idea of overall size. Thanks
Evansnana you have some healthy looking babies the one you showed first are they connected I have had 2 come from one seed yours looks like you got 3 from one seed! how cool is that. You were lucky not to have what they call damp off The last 5oo I did I had that problem. I usally would buy those peat pellets they work really well never had a problem. But tried to be cheap and used potting soil proably 75 out of 500 rotted at the soil line. belive it or not they rooted in seed starting mix and are doing good just a pain to go threw. The last one for size looks like alot of mine you buy 100 seeds? I always seperate them then you can figure what you have they don't mix them up so much as I would like. Blonde color dark color red color even white seed then you go by size of seed. I do this everytime usally the ones that look the same are from that pod of a certain plant. I think this is the color of yours. I have been repotting for a week now and still have the little ones to do burnt out with it for the time being thanks for sharing :)
I have been waiting on a seedling to open today or tomorrow for sure its dragging it out for me. had to take a sneak peek it has red alone the edge of leaf I always used this for what color flower will be doesn't work. Didn't on hawain flag it would have been a white if this was true the flowers going to be a yellow bright yellow with the edge red as always
very neat I know my camera doesn't cature the true colors in alot of things too. Those are really neat! The branchers I think are going to be compact plants more like a bush which is ok with me. Some of the tips on mine are really black looking not sick just that dark. And some are almost a really dark red. You do the same thing as me crowd them that can be a bad thing rust or anything for that matter once it starts its like a fire no stopping it . I just seperated mine to move up the pot sizes. That is strange about that one with its leaves standing straight up
Here is another odd seedling that is similar to your first picture. I have had seedlings branch at the nodes before, but never as much of a separation from the tip to the first branch. These are a ways down on the main stem.
I had not noticed the branches previously because it was crowded by other plants.
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Thats pretty neat too The first picture is actully 2 different plants I have never seen another like it Haven't you ever planted a seed and you get 2 plants from 1 seed thats the case with the first one. But the one grew inside the other weirdest thing I ever saw the out side one flated its self to compensate for the other. Thats right didn't you get 3 plants from one seed? 3 for 1 can't beat that
Even though it appears 'just yellow' now - you need to wait for the subsequent bloom cycles to see what the bloom will look like. It is said not until the third bloom cycle can you be assured that what you have will stay that way.
Jose I have some like that the have leaves are usally red very dark maroon its like its a dye that bleeds into the leaves we will just have to wait and see what it means. Dutch Lady do you mean that these flowers could change that much in a few cycles? To me it is alot of fun watching these things grow specailly the weird ones
Seedlings are not considered 'stable' in their coloration and shape, until the third bloom cycle. There are stories of seedlings starting out white the first year and ending up red by year three. So - persist! and have patience ^_^
Hetty in your experience could the flower change from white and yellow to a colored form? Have you seen this happen?
I have not seen it happen but I have heard it described.