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Tropical Zone Gardening: Germinating Magnolia seeds

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West Bengal

June 4, 2012
4:25 AM

Post #9151221

Hello , Im from West Bengal , India . Here now its summer with 40 C , 75 percent humidity . In winter its 4 C . Recently I got few Magnolia insignis , virginiana and doltsopa seeds . Ive no experience of germinating Magnolia though a friend gave me few valueable tips on virginiana germination . Would you please share your valuable tips for the seeds ! Regards , Chanchal . h
Ste. Eulalia
Costa Rica

June 4, 2012
7:38 AM

Post #9151452

íHola! I am living in Costa Rica on the edge of the Central Valley. I grew up in L A & the SF area, so I am amazed by my subtropical jungle!
After close to a year i begin to see what wet & dry seasons are versus the CA seasons (no laughing!). Ive walked thru hills & valles, watched local yards and haunted the local Vivaro (nursery), I am beginning to see distinct plants, where they grow in gardens & over the countryside, so hopefully I'm ready to plant our minimally developed gardens, slowly.

I am hoping to accumulate some thoughts & ideas from tropical gardners here - fast ideas, pleasures, recommendations of plant life & books, websites, what mistakes to avoid ... I will so appreciate any help or encouragement!
íMuchas gracias!

June 5, 2012
8:08 PM

Post #9153989

Chanchal, I've never tried germinating Magnolia seed but here's an old thread discussing that topic. You might find some good information there.

I only have one Magnolia and that's M. champaca Alba. It doesn't produce seed, it's a hybrid. I've heard the only way to multiply them is by marcotting. When it grows larger I might try that. Their fragrance is incredible.
West Bengal

June 6, 2012
5:21 AM

Post #9154281

Thank you tropicbrezzee , d . M. champaca alba does not grow seeds here also . Its usually grafted on M. champaca but morcottage , layering are also fruitful . Happy gardening ! Regards , Chanchal .
zones 10 to 11
United States

December 6, 2012
5:51 PM

Post #9351738

Easy... clean the red part... dry... add to damp peat moss in a ziplock bag with the seeds in it and no air. put in refrigerator for 3 months or so. Bottom drawer, with no light(stratify)... Plant them ^___^. You should get at least 80% germination rate. But make sure the pods are good for picking, or your work was all for nothing. You could always open a couple and check the endosperm... if you have doubts on how it should be, open a young pod and check them. Different cultivar seeds have diff shapes, sizes.

Hope this helps!

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