|First-year plant |
Mat-forming subshrub, bright blue flowers. It looked just darling in its first year, with lots of tidily arranged neat leaves. Unfortunately, in my experience they aren't nearly as nice-looking in subsequent years, so that when the flowers arrive, the plants don't look so hot. Perhaps our climate isn't to their liking.
||germinate at room temperature, with exposure to light
detailed seed-starting info below
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Erik||Feb 04, 2015||Re. "Unclear why the same seed lot germinated so much better in 2011 than in 2010":
That dry storage is an important germination inhibitor destroyer for many species is widely known, but I've been surprised a few times by how long seeds of some species need to be dry stored before they will germinate readily.
I've had commercial primed campanula seeds (which one would assume would die fairly quickly precisely because they are primed) that did not germinate at all at either 5ºC or 20ºC shortly after they were purchased but which germinated extremely well a year later.|
I've heard the same, but there are very few examples in my personal experience where germination meaningfully improves after a year of storage (of course it is usually the other way around).
- Seed from '02 trade. Baggy 70F (20d) - 35F (4w) - 70F (no G). Seeds are flat tan discs, didn't seem like veronica seeds
- Seed from '09 trade. Seeds same shape as above. Baggy 70F with light (4%G, 12-15d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (good G, 11-23d)
Unclear why the same seed lot germinated so much better in 2011 than in 2010.
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