First flowering from seed

Submitted by Cockcroft on Mon, 04/23/2018 - 16:54

It's always exciting when plants finally show their color.  You can learn whether they're what the seed packet said they were, or not.

A few first flowers from seed:  Gentiana verna ssp. pontica,  Primula auricula v. albocincta


Bellevalia dubia -- flowering yesterday, completely eaten off by the rabbit this morning


Submitted by Cockcroft on Mon, 04/23/2018 - 16:59

Three fritillaria first-timers:  F. affinis, F. gussichiae, F. messanensis ssp. gracilis


Submitted by RickR on Wed, 04/25/2018 - 20:00

Those are incredible, Claire!  At least you got a pic of the Bellevalia at perfect flowering stage.  That will last forever!

That F. affinis is the most graceful frit I've ever seen.  My frits (not affinis) are just peaking out of their pots.  This is first and second flowering of F. crassifolia ssp. kurdica:


Submitted by RickR on Fri, 05/11/2018 - 14:56

First flowers, Fritillaria pyrenaica - first flowering and second flowering



This was suppose to be F. carica.  Now I don't know what it is, but I hardly care....


Fritillaria pallidiflora just opening

I was surprised to see a tiny orange shoot emerging from this seed pot a few days ago

Bud emerging

It started to open up a couple of days later

crocus just opening

and today i brought the pot inside into the warmth to help it fully open

Crocus garganicus ssp garganicus J&JA 344.090-TurkeyCrocus garganicus ssp garganicus J&JA 344.090-TurkeyCrocus garganicus ssp garganicus with measure

Though tiny it appears to be true to name Crocus gargaricus ssp gargaricus collected by Jim Archibald in Turkey (J&JA J&JA 344.090) seed from Goteborg TG sown in 2016




I got the seed for this Bulbinella latifolia var doleritica from Silverhill Seeds in 1999.

The poor lone seedling survived in a pot till 2016 when I liberated it into the garden. That year it produced its first flower spike which got frosted off as it flowers in wintersad Similarly last year but it kept getting bigger and this year it produced 4 spikes, two of which "got above the frosts" and this week the first flowers opened!

Bulbinella latifolia var doleriticaBulbinella latifolia var doleriticaBulbinella latifolia var doleritica



This Iris aphylla was grown from AGS Seedex 2009 but the first seedling only germinated in 2016!

Iris aphylla AGS Sdx 2009

Iris aphylla AGS Sdx 2009

A second seedling flowered which looks identical, so hopefully it's correctly labelled!



Submitted by Muggli on Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:01

Townsendia parryi from seed sown last winter.  Nice to see this in the fall, the size of the flower is much larger than I have seen in the wild, but my experience with it is very limited.  Other species can exhibit wide variation in appearance due to many factors so maybe this is not unusual.  This plant was subject to two defoliation events late this past summer so this could explain why this developed.

Submitted by RickR on Fri, 10/12/2018 - 19:08

Well that explains the beautiful fresh looking foliage!  You sure do defy the odds at times, Mike.  Bravo!

Submitted by Fermi on Fri, 10/26/2018 - 04:47

In reply to by Cockcroft

Babiana tubulosa from SRGC Seedex 2015, sown 21 May 2016; 1st seedling 23 July 2016

Babiana tubulosaBabiana tubulosa



This is the first to flower so I'm not sure if there wll be any variation with the other seedlings. Moraea lurida is quite variable in nature so it's possible some of the others will be different!



Submitted by RickR on Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:50

I do like this one.  This was my first flowering in a pot, from NARGS seed labeled S. orientalis ssp. sevanensis.

Nice, Rick.  Here are a couple that flowered for the first time this year for me, grown from seed.

Scutellaria polyodon (syn. of S. caucasica)

Scutellaria polyodon (syn. of S. caucasica)

Scutellaria hypericifolia

Scutellaria hypericifolia