Re: [IGS] Seed Propagation of Hardy Geraniums
-- [ From: Dale Neil * EMC.Ver #2.5.3 ] --
Thanks for the encouragement and sharing of your scarification technique
, Robin. I will have to try using a magnifying glass and tweezers when I
start some seeds this year (maybe while listening to books on tape <G>..
I have grown some mixed Geranium seed and G. Ferari (I think that was
what they were called..I will have to look that up) . I used a razor
blade to nick them and had about a 50% germination. I lost a few after
germination as they seemed weaker than the others.
I think that T&M probably noticed something a little different in this
plant that they say seeds remarkably true. It sounded good to me but
then I am not familiar with the species and they had a reallllyyyyy nice
photo with it of course which when I saw it , I said "I've got to have
that" :-) .
Where do you obtain your seeds or do you breed your own and save the
seeds? I should check the seed list in the journal to see what is
Oh BTW, I was asking before and you probably overlooked it; Is there a
trait of the variegated Geraniums like that of Pelargoniums where some
will regress to the parent plant if you don't keep the non variegated
growth pruned ? I imagine the hardy perrenials are more stable than the
tender but I don't know.
Well, will TTYL,
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> Date: Tuesday, 13-Jan-98 12:51 PM
> From: Robin Parer \ Internet: (email@example.com)
> To: IGSrobin@maelstrom.stjohns.edu \ Internet:
> Subject: Re: [IGS] Seed Propagation of Hardy Geraniums
> Dear Dale:
> I grow many species of hardy geraniums from seed each year. They are
> particularly if you start them off in the spring. You should have
> germination (at least 70%) if the seed is plump and undamaged. Age
> seem to be a factor in successful germination. I have held seed for
> years in a cool, dry place and germinated it with no problem.
> There are many different ways of doing things, but what I do is as
> use a magnifier on a stand with a light, and I have a pair of very
> tweezers (the kind that are sold in hardware stores to remove
> pick up the seed under the magnifier using the tweezers, and peel off
> coat, if it has one. The outer coat is like a second skin and is
> Inside, the seed itself is smooth, and has a fat and a thin end. I
> the fat end with one of the points of the tweezers, just a light nick,
> then I sow the seed in a sterilized fine potting soil to a depth of
> approximately 1/8 to 1/4 inch; water with a very fine spray, and put
> container in a light, bright but not sunny location until germination
> If springtime temperatures are low, or if you are starting seeds
> heating cables which keep the temperature at between 68-70 degrees F
> I think Thompson and Morgan gave Geranium pratense 'Striatum' an
> name 'Splish Splash'. It really doesn't need it, the old name was
> fine. It is a lovely plant. Sometimes the flowers will have petals
> color only, and the other colors will appear later in the season. Most
> expensive seeds should germinate!
> I have just sown eight flats of seeds while listening to Books on Tape
> is seed sowing month in Zone 9b.
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