Seed-starting chronicles 2011

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Hoy
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Skulski wrote:

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:

Without the cotton swab I would have guessed a maple seedling ;D

(Good heavens, the site above says that tourists pick Saussurea laniceps... !?!?!  :-[)

I have read they even break stalagmites/stalagtites from caves
:o

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

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

Lori S.
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Wow, it looks like you have had excellent germination on some really choice plants!  What extraordinary flowers on Trichopetalum... reminiscent in appearance of some of the more bizarre Calochortus.

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

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Skulski wrote:

Wow, it looks like you have had excellent germination on some really choice plants!   What extraordinary flowers on Trichopetalum... reminiscent in appearance of some of the more bizarre Calochortus.

Excellent germination, but then . . .

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

Mark McD
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Hoy wrote:

Skulski wrote:

Wow, it looks like you have had excellent germination on some really choice plants!   What extraordinary flowers on Trichopetalum... reminiscent in appearance of some of the more bizarre Calochortus.

Excellent germination, but then . . .

In my Australian-Flora-Fascination days many years ago, I ordered seed of one of these tricky Trichopetalum species, had some germination, then the seedlings tricked me by dying.  Such a crazy-interesting genus.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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RickR
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A few to report:
These germinated at 70F after about one month of a 40F cold treatment
Silene nigrescens - 6 days
Silene suksdorfii - 4 days
Silene uniflora 'Rosea' - 4 days
Talinum paniculatum - 6 days

Fritillaria tuntasia - germinated at 40F. Seed planted Sept 2009, subject to outside temps.  I candle all my frit and Lilium seeds, but still plant any suspect viable seed.  This frit, I hadn't found any seeds with definite embryos, but one (so far) has come up anyway!

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

Lori S.
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Oooh, well done!  That's an enviable collection of Silene!

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

Mark McD
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Hoy wrote:

Here are some pf the seedlings ;)

Ribes magellanicum

Trond, good to see a photo of this Ribes, it looks most appealing, I like the hanging racemes of red flowers.  I had a couple of seedlings of this, only about 1" tall as of last year... too early to know whether it survived a second winter.

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

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

I always hold ungerminated seed pots for 2 years, you never know if there will be some delayed germination action.  Today I checked a tray of seed pots sown in 2009, and there was germination of two desirable Allium species, A. akaka (shown) and Allium materculae (akin to A. akaka), both from Vlastimil Pilous seed, and a pot of Penstemon arkansanus (shown).  I love when that happens. :D

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

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

I also have more 2010 sowed results:

Last season I planted seed of Hieracium lanatum, and also Hieracium villosum from two sources.  Seed was planted on 2 April 2010, and H. villosum germinated 7 and 8 days for the two lots.  H. lanatum did not germinate that season, but it has now sprouted one year later (12 April 2011), after exposure to outside temps for the year.  One of the Hieracium villosum lots also sprouted many more seedlings in the second year.

         

Also planted in October 2009, two more Fritillaria have sprouted:
F. pallidiflora
F. rhodocankis

Both had one seed each germinate last year, but now have eight and three more, respectively, in addition.

Fritillaria pallidiflora

         

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

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