We planted this famous (at least in botanical circles) tree in our front yard to celebrate the birth of our middle child, Benjamin. The small tree had a few flowers the next season, but none the following year. We kept hoping for our tree to come into its own and take off - but it never did grow, and lived up to its name as a finnicky tree in our garden. Every year, the leaf buds that formed in fall didn't survive the winter - new growth (bright red!) sprouted from the bare branches. Finally, it gave up altogether. I've tried growing new plants from seed several times now - getting seedlings to grow isn't too much of a problem, but I've not managed to keep them alive through a year in the garden. I'll probably try again...
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This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|rick||Sep 23, 2009||I have some franklinia seed and want to try and start them, can you give me some input on what to do for best success? Did you start them in greenhouse or outside or in a pot inside? do I need to store seed in refrigerator to get things going?
Given that I haven't managed to grow my seedlings on beyond a year's life, I might not be the best person to ask! But yes, you'll need to start with a cold stage - I'd say at least two months in cold moist conditions. You could provide that by placing the seeds in a pot outside, but you'll have more control if you condition them inside.
- Seed from HPS/MAG '06/'07 exchange. Seed had been stored moist and cold. Upon receiving: baggy 70F (22%G, 6-20d)
- Seed from HPS/MAG '07/'08 exchange, cold moist stored. Baggy 70F (14%G, 15-18d). Set pot out with rest of seed, 4/1/08. Also set out pot immediately upon receiving, 2/2/08
- Seed from HPS/MAG '09/'10 exchange. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (28%G, 9-28d)
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