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I am wanting to have Brugmansia again. I have been trying to find seeds, but it appears that everyone is out. I would like seeds or better yet, cuttings from above the Y. Any suggestions?
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Can you give me some tips on Brug seeds, I am in the process of trying to germinate a few that were sent to me and so far I have not had any signs of anything...
I was told to soak the dry seeds for about 2 days, then to place them into a baggy with a damp paper towel until I saw some germination. They have been in the baggy a week:O)
Buffy690, I can't help you with doing it that way. I soak mine for a couple day's and then peel off the outer corky coating. I then plant them about 1/8 inch deep in good seed starting mix and then put them on a heat mat under lights.
Well they are staying damp in their current situation so maybe tomorrow, I'll take em out and plant em up. They should grow in the same settings as my datura...Right...?
I just have them in about a 70 degreesF window that gets light most of the day.And they popped up after about 6 days being planted (YAY)
There are many ways to provide the needed conditions the seeds need to germinate: light, humidity, and a sterile starting media.
Using a sterile growing media is very important. It helps prevent damp off and the growth of other seed killing organisms. Brug seeds need light to germinate so don't bury them too deep. Barely cover them or press them to the growing media surface to make sure there is soil/seed contact. The growing media needs to remain barely moist. If the media is too wet, the embryo will rot and literally turn to mush. Increasing the air humidity helps germination without adding water to the soil. It also helps the emerging seedling come up cleanly and from sticking to the seed coat. To increase air humdity, use whatever method is easiest for you. Using an extra light source, keeps the seedlings stocky.
If the temperature of the growing media/room is in the low 70s, you don't need any extra heat sources. The corky cover doesn't have to be removed, but by doing so, you'll know exactly how many seeds you actually start off with. You can remove the cork before or after you soak the seed. I like to remove the corky cover while the seeds are still dry because I tend to injure the seed if I soak it first. The uncorked seeds just need a few hours soaking.
I know starting seeds in wet paper towels is very popular, but the sprouted seeds need to be removed from the paper towel before the roots emerge or they will be damaged. The fragile little feeder roots quickly grow into the paper towel fibers and break off as you lift the seed off the towel. If you want to increase your success rate with seedlings, don't use this method.
When I use the paper towel method I actually tear the piece of paper with it if they become attacded...LOL
I have removed the cork outer parts and was amazed at how much like apple seeds they looked...LOL
They are all in a larg container with a scant amt of soil and for perennials I usually do not follow a strict soaking everyday
so we should be good
I am excited to see what comes, I will have to put the crossings down next time around, The girl that sent me the seed has not grown any out so far so I am hoping for something exciting and new to make my neighbors jealous...LOL