Re: [IGSROBIN] Pelargonium seed
Greetings from Sweden!
Pheeeew! Just resurfing....yup for those who are interested ( no yawns
please!) we still have a fair sprinkling of snow, and it is sooo grey and
dull! And it is March!!!
Astrid, I see you have been vitten by the bug. Welcome to Pellie mania
land. There's no known cure! It just gets....hrrmm..better and better all
Some of your pellies operate on a Wintergrowing cycle. However, as we are
still in March I believe you could sow all of your seeds now, even the
Winter grwoing ones. What will happen is that they'll geminate and then in
a short while just go dormant. The alternative is to wait with the
Wintergrowers until Autumn, but I find that practice a bit difficult . It
is easier now than moving into our dark Winters!
I would start by mixing together a nice C&S mix, sand/grit and my fav leca,
not too much. It should be sterile and draining, so use whatever works best
for you, sand/grit & leca works for me, so use whatever works best for you.
( leca is artificially expanded clay spheres, in different sizes, often
used as a building material or in hydroponics).
Remove the parachutes gently, and 'slot' the seed into the compost. Mind
your temperatures as wild pellies won't germinate if temps climb above +20
Keep moist but not wet. When they have germinated, put slightly cooler and
with good ventilation as the succulent pellies aren't too happy in a humid
and stagnant atmosphere.
Of all the ones you mention, I like P incrassatum, P barklyi, P
klinghartense best. Tuberous rooted ones, forming a small caudex in their
first year, and with fascinating small flowers, P incrassatum is
spectacular in flower, and is a groundhugging silvery foliaged plant.
P barklyi has nicely veined dark green leaves whcih are purple underneath.
So neat! Summergrower for me, or irregular to be exact.
P klinghartense is another tuberous rooted one, forms a small caudex and is
also slowgrowing, but oh so interesting!
Now I ran out of breath! Best of luck from Ingrid in Sweden!