I germinated Stella seeds a couple weeks ago. As soon as I harvested some seeds from the cracked and brown pods at the University of Tennessee gardens (shhhhhhh), I sowed them in potting soil, 1/4" deep. Watered thoroughly and placed under the growlights.
I had germination within 2 weeks. Today they are 3 inches tall or so and growing quite fast. I think I got something like 50% germination.
If you do not sow the seeds fresh out of the pod, they will need stratification.
I believe it is 3 years to bloom, when sown by seed.
Here's how I plant seeds that need stratification this time of year..I plant in pots and simply set them outside for the winter and let them chill as they would if they had dropped in the garden, this has worked well for me with lot's of things that need a chilling period..In spring they will begin to sprout..This is really good where space is limited inside.I just leave them out on the porch or deck.
Thanks, Larkie. I believe that I will try it both ways. Your method seems to take up less time. Or maybe I am just lazy.LOL Anyway, the ones that I put in the frig., should I wait until closer to spring to start them? I don't have a greenhouse and a very small house for my family and myself. Not to mention I have had to fight my children to preserve my little amaryllis that I started from seed. I would feel safer with the Stella's outside and at the mercy of Mother Nature.
Thanks, tiG! All this chillin' and dryin' as got me really confused. When I decided that gardening was something that I would love, and I do, I jumped in with both feet. I think I might have just been a little too froggy! LOL
Melissa, Welcome to the club, (ribbit) That's how you learn to garden. We all do it.(Make mistakes, that is.) You should have seen the seeds I bought one year for an herb garden. Guess how many mint seeds are in an ounce!
melissa, please realize that I'm just starting:) I have bought seeds from professionals and they have told me that is okay to do. If you have heard otherwise, then we both need find another way. I think a piece of tupperware would do fine (mine aren't near as tight as they should be:)
And thanks to two dear friends here, I'm hooked now! Sure would hate to lose the seeds i'm getting as it's too late to plant. Calalily and Brugmansia!!! calling you or anyone else that has this info:)
Melissa, sit here and share these chocolate chip cookies with me til they get here:)
tiG, I have the coffee for the cookies! I have all of my seed packets in a tupperware box, but all the seeds are in paper envelopes(since I read that plastic bags were a NO-NO!). Hangin' with you 'till we hear more!:-)
I have sent out a few of my own hybrid hemerocallis seeds to members here this year. All were kept in plastic bags in the fridge for several months. Ziplock bags. Seems to work fine for me, but I do understand the concern as plastic promotes moisture retention and hence mold if one is not careful.
I am sure there is something I don't hybridize, just haven't figured it out just yet. Lol, seriously, my wife detests having flowers as I destroy every flower trying to hybridize them before they open for the most part. She asks, when are we going to actually get to enjoy some of them?...My answer, as soon as I get one I like I'll stop. Just because you hybridize doesn't mean your very good at it. A lot depends on the plants though.
Hi Everyone: I tried soaking my hybrid seeds in a mix of 1/3 hydrogen peroxide and 2/3 a mix I am using to feed my new seedlings. Its mainly kelp, fulvic acid and a mix of different benificial microorganisms and micorhyza to improve the root system. I had most of my seeds sprout after 3 days soaking. I love it.