|Attractive burgundy seedheads are in late July |
Nice larger penstemon, striking when in bloom. Mid-green lance-shaped leaves. Not very long-lived - I replace by growing from seed regularly. Drought resistant.
||Rocky Mountain penstemon
||purple or blue (summer)
||see seed details
detailed seed-starting info below
|Seed ripens||early August|
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|constance castro||Jan 03, 2014||hello...I have never started penstemon "Rocky Mountain" by seed before. Is it difficult? I am an amateur. Constance|
Penstemons can be difficult to start, but P. strictus isn't so bad. I found it is best to sow the seeds to just below the surface of a pot with gritty soil. Sow many more seeds than the number of plants you want – in my experience, germination rates are low.
- Seed from '00 trade. Cellpack, 70F (35%G, 6-16d). Most seedlings succumbed to damp-off.
- Same seed as above. Baggy, 70F (20%G, 11-21d)
- Seed from '02 garden. Baggy, 70F with light (36%G, 8-20d). Several never developed after transplanting to cellpack
- Seed from '02 garden. Pot, 70F with light (16%G, 10-18d). All grew into healthy plants
- Seed from '09 garden. Surface-sown to pot under light (14%G, 10-15d)
- Same seed as above. Surface-sown to pot under light (3%G, 14d)
Germination percentage is always rather low; susceptible to problems after transplanting or wet conditions after germination. Sowing thickly to pot and leaving undisturbed until sturdy plantlets have developed seems like the best approach.
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