Photo by Melody
Guess what time it is? It's time for the DG County Fair! Now in it's sixth year, enter your blue-ribbon photos or mouth-watering recipes for a chance to win a gift subscription! Click here here to get all the details, dates and entry rules.

Winter Sowing: winter sow torenia wishbone flower

Communities > Forums > Winter Sowing
bookmark
Forum: Winter SowingReplies: 12, Views: 113
Add to Bookmarks
-
AuthorContent
birder17
Jackson, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 12, 2010
4:50 PM

Post #7455347

How difficult is it to winter sow torenia? Sometimes, by the time I get my annuals up and growing, it's mid June. If anyone has any experience growing this seed, please advise. I think it's also called wishbone flower.
Allwild
North, TX

January 17, 2010
6:08 PM

Post #7470273

hi birder17,

I've not grown torenia but,
on plants that I'm not sure about, or can't find the info, I will try a few seeds in various ways (such as wintersowing or direct sowing in fall). that way I can still plant the leftover seeds in the spring if the wintersown ones don't take.

Wishbone flower looks like a wonderful shade flower for a pot or groundcover.

there's quite a bit of info here on DG: http://www.davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/249/
best wishes.
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2010
7:29 PM

Post #7470459

I wintersowed some last year. They did great, but be careful on how many seeds per container. Seedlings are like pinheads, and so close together they were almost impossible to separate. I did it but it was very tedious. I must have had 100% germination!
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2010
7:41 PM

Post #7470485

Here is a pic of some of them from last summer.

Thumbnail by yardqueen1948
Click the image for an enlarged view.

critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

January 18, 2010
6:40 AM

Post #7472170

I'm in zone 6, so I'm pretty sure I'd have to wait until August to get flowers from winter sown Toreia. I usually start mine inside in February, a good 12 to 14 weeks before planting out, and that gives me blooming plants to put out. :-)
birder17
Jackson, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 19, 2010
1:39 AM

Post #7474695

Thanks guys for the information. I wasn't sure it could be grown from seed w/o great difficulty. I am going to "try" to germinate some penstemon this year. It sounds daunting, but I really like the stuff and plants cost 7.95 at High Gardens. I have ordered some of my winter sowing seeds but still need to order others. I usually save my precious "grow light space" to grow some of my picky perennials under lights.
Yardqueen your little plants look so cute. Aren't Torenias just the cutest little flowers??
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2010
3:13 AM

Post #7475006

I love them! Will be doiing more this year!

I have never done Penstemon... Why are they hard?
birder17
Jackson, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 19, 2010
4:40 AM

Post #7475279

From what I have researched, they don't have a good germination rate and they have to be stratified from anywhere from 3 to 8 weeks, depending on the species.
Penstemon, once established will grow in relatively poor soil, must have good drainage, but don't need to be watered. Hummingbirds love them. The no watering and hummers, is the attraction for me.
I'm thinking about planting some Penstemon, a white variety, and another a lavender blue variety with my red Chrysler Imperial rose (white) and the lavender blue with some of my yellow and coral roses. Fragrant Cloud and Molineaux.
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2010
4:47 AM

Post #7475290

Seeds that seed stratification are great for wintersowing. Why not try some that way?
birder17
Jackson, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 19, 2010
2:24 PM

Post #7475800

I am going to. However, in my research, it suggested putting some in refrigerator as it is "more controlled".
I am going to do both: WS & Refrigerator. Also, one should sow heavily as germination isn't real good.
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

January 19, 2010
10:11 PM

Post #7477057

I wintersowed them a few years ago. They bloomed this summer for the first time and were really pretty. I moved it in fall and it's looking dead. I sowed another jug a few days ago.

Karen

Thumbnail by kqcrna
Click the image for an enlarged view.

birder17
Jackson, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 20, 2010
1:08 AM

Post #7477602

Very pretty. Karen, that looks like Elfin Pink? Is it in partial shade?
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

January 20, 2010
1:45 AM

Post #7477747

It's Penstemon Smallii.

Karen

You cannot post until you register, login and subscribe.


Other Winter Sowing Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
Winter Sowing Seed Swap .....part 2 alicewho 213 Mar 23, 2007 1:01 PM
Lessons learned for next year #2 zenpotter 256 Mar 23, 2007 7:56 AM
Milk jugs TurtleChi 99 Mar 19, 2007 12:20 PM
WS Poppies & transplant problems marie_ 100 May 11, 2011 4:44 PM
Database germination info bluespiral 6 Mar 5, 2008 12:23 PM


We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America