Anthyllis montana germination

Submitted by Gene Mirro on Thu, 01/24/2013 - 22:43

This isn't a tall tale, I swear. I scarified the seed on 1/19 between two sheets of sandpaper, taking care not to damage the inside of the seeds. I then soaked them in warm water for 24 hours, and sowed 1/8th inch deep on 1/20, in gritty mix at around 55 - 60F, in ordinary indoor light. They are nearly all up tonight, 1/24.

I've sown these several times before without scarifying, and gotten almost no germination, even after several months.


Submitted by Lori S. on Fri, 01/25/2013 - 06:20

You don't have to convince me... Fabaceae, especially, are amazing for rapid germination after scarification!

Submitted by Lori S. on Fri, 01/25/2013 - 09:21

Lots of info on seed germination times, etc. in these threads:

Rapid seed germination is a bonus for sure - on the other hand, something I've come to expect at some level.  At a quick glance, some notable ones for me - 2 days for Gastrolychnis apetala, 1 day for Campanula topaliana (interesting in that many/most Campanula seem to require stratification), 3 days for Oxytropis viscida after scarification.  Acantholimon seem to have amazingly rapid germination as well.