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Seed Germination: Seed Sowing Saturday & Suffering Until Spring!

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jlj072174
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

March 6, 2010
7:10 AM

Post #7608317

This morning, I sowed the following seeds:

Rock Rosemallow
Mexican Bird/Pride of Barbados
Gold Star Esperanza
Orange Esperanza
Pink Crepe Myrtle
Bloodflower
Lantana Camara

I sowed them all in used to-go containers w/clear lids (like mini-greenhouses!) in a warm, sunny window. This is a first for me with each of these, so any tips/suggestions/ideas for how long until I may see something would be helpful, as well as any potential sights of problems. I don't have seed heating mats and have to make due with what I have -- mother nature. I will post pictures of any progress as it unfolds.

Fingers crossed ... I am so tired of snow, and we don't usually get much in Raleigh, but this winter has been tough. I need to see some green!
jlj072174
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

March 6, 2010
7:11 AM

Post #7608320

I failed to mention that I did put holes in the containers for drainage (bottom) as well as air (tops).
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

March 10, 2010
6:37 AM

Post #7618345

They should do just fine. I am not familiar with any of those plants, but most seeds take a week or two or can be longer so be patient and good luck. Do post pics when you have something as I have not seen those growing.
rosysunset
Kurten, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 10, 2010
10:42 AM

Post #7618977

I have germinated almost all the BOP seeds I have following LAZLO's instruction to the T. You can click on his garden diary and see it , I would copy and post it here but don't know if that is legal.

Basically you nick the bottom of the seed, soak 2 hrs (I did overnight), bury the seeds half way down in potting soil with pointy side down and top mooning the sun and put in sunny window. This works!
jlj072174
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

March 10, 2010
7:52 PM

Post #7620165

Thank you, Rosy! I'll definitely check Lazlo's diary out.
jlj072174
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

March 14, 2010
6:05 AM

Post #7627924

Here are a couple pictures of progress. I had also planted some hibiscus seeds outside in containers, which I keep on top of my hot tub. I guess they like the heat put off by the cover because they are coming up. I have red and white hardy hib seeds from my grandmother's plants as well as hibiscus coccineus from my own plant.

Here are the white hibs.

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jlj072174
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

March 14, 2010
6:07 AM

Post #7627928

The red hibs just starting to sprout.

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jlj072174
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

March 14, 2010
6:09 AM

Post #7627932

And the hibiscus coccineus (red) just starting to make their debut.

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jlj072174
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

March 14, 2010
6:13 AM

Post #7627936

One sprout of the orange star esperanza (growning indoors in my "makeshift" greenhouse).

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jlj072174
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

March 14, 2010
6:16 AM

Post #7627944

Gold star esperanza ... one tiny sprout in the bottom left quarter of the picture.

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jlj072174
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

March 14, 2010
6:21 AM

Post #7627954

And lastly, the bloodflower is putting out some sprouts. That's all I have so far, but have seen some movement in my mexican bird of paradise seed tray,so I think whatever is going in there is going to show some signs of life here shortly. :)

Happy gardening everyone! Spring is finally showing her pretty face!

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CLScott
Calgary
Canada

March 14, 2010
11:59 AM

Post #7628641

Really neat and I'll check Lazlo's site for the pics.

If you got some of those seeds from your grandmother , they are likely heirlooms and you should keep them going so that strain is not lost---- as so many of our grandmother's varieties have been lost.
jlj072174
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

March 14, 2010
3:01 PM

Post #7628982

I doubt they're anything special. She moved into the house 4 or 5 years ago, and she bought them from a local nursery (likely at Lowes). But her plants were sprouting seeds and she doesn't do anything with them, so I was happy to clean them off for her. :-)
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

March 14, 2010
6:49 PM

Post #7629557

Aah! But they still could be special.
It is good to collect seeds----usually more viable than store bought.
jlj072174
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2010
9:04 AM

Post #7630683

Oh they are/will be special to me! I love pretty, flowering greenery in my yard! :-)

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