Seeds starting

John Ingram
Mon, 25 Nov 2002 22:43:11 PST
I have no problem getting seeds to start. It is getting them to continue afterwards that is the problem. I have had good germination results on several Aristea spp. from Silverhill. I got about 1 to 1/2 percent germination on several including rigidifolia, spiralis, macrocarpa, confusa, cantharophylla, and several forms of major. When I sowed them in late fall, I got the small percentage but when I sowed them in the late spring, I get nearly 100%. These all came from the same order so different seed collections is ruled out. I got several packets of A. major seeds. 2 sown in the fall and 2 in the spring. So, repectively 1% and 100%. They were both sown in the same soilless mix (commercially available peat-based mix) with no other special treatment other than both were sown in pots inside inside ziplock bags in an east facing window indoors. Once they sprout, they are slowly hardened off and then they go out into my garden and get watered with the re

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