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Barstow
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Afloden wrote:

With Polygonatum there have been a few germination studies to facilitate their production for vegetables in Asia. In all cases (P. cirrhifolium, P. macranthum, and P. odoratum) cleaned seed stored cool for 30-40 days, then warmth for 60-90 and then cool/cold again for the same duration gave a green leaf upon warmth again. This means a whole 2 seasons are gotten through in the first year. I have flowered verticillate species in 3 years this way.

Aaron: Do you have any references to cultivation of Polygonatum as vegetable in Asia. I have various references to their wild collection as vegetables, but can't recall seeing anything about their cultivation for food, although I haven't searched very hard...

Thanks

Stephen Barstow
Malvik, Norway
63.4N
Age: Lower end of the 20-25,000 day range

Afloden
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Yes, stored moist. Sow them and then give a cool period.

Stephen, in the papers on seed germination they mention them for cultivation in Japan, and for P. cirrhifolium they mention cultivating that species due to scarcity in the wild in India.

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Hoy wrote:

Amy, have you remembered rinsing the seeds several times a day for a week ;)

Trond....these are from the NARGS exchange and so are already cleaned.

Afloden wrote:

Yes, stored moist. Sow them and then give a cool period.

They are sown in 5" plastic deli containers in moist potting mix and in the fridge for the next few weeks. I will follow your directions and see what happens! And thanks.

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

Hoy
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Hylomecon vernalis (syn H japonica) is one of my woodland favorites. Although the flowers don't last long they are very welcome. The plant tolerates deep shade and fits perfect in my woodland. Seems that the former 2-3 species are lumped into one.

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

cohan
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Nice one- I don't think I've heard of these..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Lori S.
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I grew a clump of it here for a few years, until it eventually disappeared (have unlabelled photos somewhere on my hard drive).  I'm trying to start more from seed this year.  It's probably worth a try for you... but then, I think pretty well everything is worth a try.  ;D

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

AmyO
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Hoy wrote:

Hylomecon vernalis (syn H japonica) is one of my woodland favorites. Although the flowers don't last long they are very welcome. The plant tolerates deep shade and fits perfect in my woodland. Seems that the former 2-3 species are lumped into one.

I love this one too! It can spread around a bit by seed when it's happy and it's easy to divide. Yes a great plant for deeper shade and it's under huge pines so it like or tolerates dry soils. My kind of plant!  ;)

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

RickR
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Looks very nice.  The Hylomecon foliage doesn't look like it would be very durable though, is that true?  How does it look by late summer?  Or is it ephemeral?

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

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Lori wrote:

I grew a clump of it here for a few years, until it eventually disappeared (have unlabelled photos somewhere on my hard drive).  I'm trying to start more from seed this year.  It's probably worth a try for you... but then, I think pretty well everything is worth a try.  ;D

Good to know! Did you get seed from one of the exes, or find it commercially?

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Lori S.
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I bought it locally, though, unfortunately, I've never seen it again since.

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

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