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Seed Germination: African Violet from seed

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keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 12, 2013
11:09 PM

Post #9629180

I made my first hybrid cross and need to know what to grow the seeds in, like what soil and light requirements.

blomma

blomma
Wyoming, WY
(Zone 4a)

August 23, 2013
11:08 PM

Post #9639713

I have never sown African Violet from seed but have used leaf cutting.

I imagine that the seeds are tiny. If so, surface sow in seeding mix, or moist spaghmum moss that is damp. Light means that the seeds have to be sown on top of the soil as an tiny seeds need. They don't need regular light until they sprouted.

Below is a seed site that may have more information.

http://www.jlhudsonseeds.net/SeedlistA-AK.htm
keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2013
2:13 PM

Post #9640229

The biggest question is do they seedlings need to be misted with water and have moist soil, unlike adult plants that aren't supposed to get leaves wet and can't have soil too wet for extended amount of time. All I know is seedlings need ample light to sprout and sown on top which I have done.

blomma

blomma
Wyoming, WY
(Zone 4a)

August 24, 2013
4:02 PM

Post #9640291

No, they don't need to be misted. That can cause dampingoff/rot. I would just keep the soil a bit more moist than adult plants.

They will get the light they need to sprout when surface sown. After they sprout, they will need regular light.
keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 25, 2013
8:36 AM

Post #9640839

Ok sounds good thanks for the help.
keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 19, 2013
4:33 PM

Post #9664376

I have sprouts! I mixed AV soil with extra perlite and vermiculite, put in a plastic container and covered it with clear plastic wrap to retain humidity, I have seedlings and every few days I mist them they seem to need the extra moisture they are near a sunny windowsill but not direct sunlight.
murkov2
Lincoln, NH
(Zone 4a)

September 22, 2013
1:50 PM

Post #9667223

KEITH2012 Did you surface sow? I was given some seeds and they are not tiny. They are about half the size of bearded iris seeds. Did you put them in the sunny window right away or after they sprouted? I'll wait to hear from you before I plant them.
keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 22, 2013
7:52 PM

Post #9667539

murkov2 wrote:KEITH2012 Did you surface sow? I was given some seeds and they are not tiny. They are about half the size of bearded iris seeds. Did you put them in the sunny window right away or after they sprouted? I'll wait to hear from you before I plant them.


Yes, African violet seeds need sunlight to sprout and so must be surface sown. They got sunlight from the day I planted the seeds. I kept the soil moist by gently spraying a fine mist from spray bottle of water, if you pour water you risk covering seeds and they won't sprout than.
murkov2
Lincoln, NH
(Zone 4a)

September 23, 2013
5:17 PM

Post #9668317

thank you so much Keith. I'll do the same
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

October 9, 2013
9:34 AM

Post #9682061

Keith

how long did the seeds take to germinate for you?

This is something I have been tinkering with, but have not been able to get seed pods yet from my AV crosses. Is there a trick to getting the crosses to take?



keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 9, 2013
11:29 AM

Post #9682157

Carolyn22 wrote:Keith

how long did the seeds take to germinate for you?

This is something I have been tinkering with, but have not been able to get seed pods yet from my AV crosses. Is there a trick to getting the crosses to take?





3 weeks to month and a half.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

October 9, 2013
4:25 PM

Post #9682372

that isn't bad, Keith.

Thank you.
Mipii
(Robin) Blissfield, MI
(Zone 6a)

December 12, 2013
9:44 PM

Post #9727146

Keith...pictures, don't forget the pictures when you have seedlings.

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