Jane McGary
Thu, 25 Aug 2005 08:09:18 PDT
Eugene wrote,
>I've tried germinating Tropaeolum speciosum seed a couple of times.  They
>never germinated, but developed a healthy coat of mold.  I suspect these
>seeds must be sown soon after harvest and do not tolerate extended dry

It's possible but seems unlikely to me. T. speciosum does come from the 
"wet" end of the Tropaeolum range, but plants experience a dry season about 
the time their seeds would be ripening, which usually means tolerance of 
dry storage. The climate where they grow is similar to that of coastal 
northern California/southern Oregon. The seeds would probably germinate in 
quite cool conditions -- maybe warmth stimulated the mold?

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon

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