we have been trying to germinate Lantana seeds without much luck so far...
we have collected a lot of seeds and they all became mouldy. (the black pulp is coverd with mould)
Its winter time in israel (11-17 C) and decreasing. we know that Lantana needs warmer condition to germinate.
We are thinking of soak the seeds in hot water to remove the mouldy pulps and than save the seeds untile the late spring (5 month from now) and than sow them.
our question: will the hot water induce germination so we must seed immidiatly after soaking or can we dry and keep them until spring time?
I was just dealing with moldy lantana seeds earlier today... (Forgot I had this one little bagful...)
I've always had pretty good luck sowing them just right after I pick them, and not very good luck with anything else. I would be inclined to plant them, and let them wait until spring in situ. (I think we're a little cooler here than yall are - we would normally be 5-15C in Dec.) Or cool moist storage, not drying, if that's not possible.
I've read that removing the pulp greatly increases the germination rate. (I think the natural process would be that a bird eats the berry, the pulp is removed in its digestive tract, and the bare seed pooped out.) I'm not sure you need hot water for that? Cool water, or maybe even the shaking with sand in a coffee can method - seems like that would be pretty comparable to a bird gullet.
Let us know what you end up doing, and how it works out...
To be quite honest with you...Leaving the pulp on doesn't matter or not. I pick them very very ripe. When they are plump and black is good. I've never seen a Lantana seed mold...Just set them somewhere to dry. You can tell when they are viable because they dry black crinckle and shiny. These seeds need warm to germinate. But also like cold too..in my opinion. What I mean is..if you take them through a cold treatment they germinate better. If it doesn't get cold where you live, place them in the refrigerator for a few weeks. Hope this helps
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Can't help you with the seed germination. I usually just take stocky slips about 4" long, score(cut) the outside put them in root tone and pot them. They may loose leaves but generally will root and put out mew leaves.
Tom; I've found it easier to just start them from slips of the parent plant. They root easy, score, cut the botton piece of the stem at several places ( 3 to 4 stems to a pot). Use a root hormone and off you go. I have just about all the possible colors and have started them all from slips. "Good Luck"