Seed Sowing Saturday & Suffering Until Spring!

Raleigh, NC(Zone 8a)

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!

Raleigh, NC(Zone 8a)

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

Calgary, Canada

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.

Kurten, TX(Zone 8b)

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!

Raleigh, NC(Zone 8a)

Thank you, Rosy! I'll definitely check Lazlo's diary out.

Raleigh, NC(Zone 8a)

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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Raleigh, NC(Zone 8a)

The red hibs just starting to sprout.

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Raleigh, NC(Zone 8a)

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

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Raleigh, NC(Zone 8a)

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

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Raleigh, NC(Zone 8a)

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

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Raleigh, NC(Zone 8a)

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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Calgary, Canada

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.

Raleigh, NC(Zone 8a)

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. :-)

Calgary, Canada

Aah! But they still could be special.
It is good to collect seeds----usually more viable than store bought.

Raleigh, NC(Zone 8a)

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

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