Seed-starting chronicles 2011

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RickR
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Nice plants, Lori.  Were these all direct warm germinators, or were they in you cold room first? 

(Especially asking about Orostachys iwarenge)

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Lori S.
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Rick, the Orostachys iwarenge was an easy, warm germinator (which I think is the norm for the genus); seedlings in ~18 days.   NB.  I went back and added notes on germination in case it's of use or interest to anyone.  Yes, most didn't require stratification.

Hoy wrote:

You really know to choose the right plants, Lori! I always wonder why I didn't choose those!

I just close my eyes and pick sometimes, Trond.  ;D  Then I kick myself for having forgotten the ones I really did want!

McDonough wrote:

The UBC photos of Penstemon davidsonii var. praeteritis show stunning mounds of this species, wow :o

Yeah, I wouldn't be too disappointed if mine ended up looking like that.  ;)

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

We've had a long stretch of cold weather, night temperatures to 17 F (-8 C) and day time temperature just a little above freezing, so when I walked around looking at the bare frozen ground, and a bunch of seed flats sitting on the frozen ground, I didn't expect to see signs of germination. But two flats of Ungernia sewerzowii, a rare Amaryllid from Kazakhstan, showed fresh germination. The daily routine of frigid nights followed by just-above-freezing mid-day temperature is supposed to continue... not sure if I show bring the flats inside to protect them from tonight's freeze; or since they germinated in this cold, maybe that's what they want.  I sowed more seed of this species around in various spots in the garden last summer; haven't checked to see if there is germination there yet; some areas of snow still remain.

4 seedlings visible on the left side

Here's what this beauty looks like in flower:
Ungernia sewerzowii
http://www.plantarium.ru/page/image/id/12700.html

seed heads:
http://www.plantarium.ru/page/image/id/38905.html
http://www.plantarium.ru/page/image/id/38907.html

Ungernia on Pacic Bulb Society wiki:
http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/Ungernia

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

A good start towards growing an amazing plant, Mark!

Marmoritis (Phyllophyton) decolorans, a furry little gem:
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=210001233
http://www.alpines.be/Tibet/imageFull281.htm

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

Skulski wrote:

Marmoritis (Phyllophyton) decolorans, a furry little gem:
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=210001233
http://www.alpines.be/Tibet/imageFull281.htm

An awesome plant Lori, I love the squareness on the mature plant.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Saponaria cypria, from the SRGC seedex:

I hope it looks familiar, Mark?
http://nargs.org/smf/index.php?topic=325.0

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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I haven't tried Saponaria from seed but a lot of other, mostly shade tolerant species.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Looks good, Trond!  But you're going to have to tell us what they are - I can't read any of those labels.  (I tried, of course!  ;D )

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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Ok, I'll do it - tomorrow ;) It's no secrets but I do not remember all - I do not write the names till I am sure the plants survive. Many have only numbers  on reused labels with several names on them!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Here's an interesting development (to me, at least  ;D) on Saussurea medusa seedlings... looks like a little cotton swab growing out of the cotyledon:

http://p21chong.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/snow-lotus/
(Good heavens, the site above says that tourists pick Saussurea laniceps... !?!?!  :-[)

Teucrium orientale:

http://www.rmrp.com/Photo%20Pages/TT/Teucrium%20orientale%20100DPI.htm

Salvia dolichantha:

http://theseedsite.co.uk/profile479.html

Asyneuma lycium:

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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