Ipomoea pandurata, again

Dennis Kramb dkramb@badbear.com
Sun, 24 Feb 2008 13:01:45 PST
In the last couple of years I've tried growing Ipomoea pandurata from 
seed, unsuccessfully.

Yesterday I tried a new technique... something I've successfully done 
with lotus seeds (Nelumbo lutea).  I rubbed the Ipomoea seeds against 
sandpaper to remove a portion of the outer coating, then I placed the 
seeds in warm water.  Almost 24 hours later all 9 seeds are swelling 
up nicely and "fractures" are forming across the whole seed 
coat.  Later today I'll plant them in some small pots and expect to 
get germination almost immediately.

In the past those pesky beetle (Nicrophorus?) larvae would eat the 
seeds from within before they could germinate.  I think this new 
technique will thwart them.

Dennis in Frozen Ohio

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