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Old 03-26-2010, 06:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have several different kinds of seeds that I am ready to sow. I have done all of these before, with varying degrees of success, but I would like to know if anyone is really experienced with any one of these, and can give me some hints. (These plants all come from Florida, so I don't think any would need a cold treatment) There are things like soaking, or scarifying, etc. I would just like to try to have maximum germination.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can see why you'd try most of them, but why the Magnolia and Crape myrtle. They are popular but have no function down here. They are both a real pain in the A** to dig up in retrospect. :^)
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C'mon, somebody must have some hints, or little secrets! Oh, by the way, Migael, people here like the Crape Myrtle, and Magnolia. I think they're both pretty, although I'm not too fond of the way the Magnolias drop their petals all over.
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I can tell you I have plenty of volunteer Magnolia's come up in my lawn,so the must be easy to germinate.
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Oh, by the way, Migael, people here like the Crape Myrtle, and Magnolia. I think they're both pretty, although I'm not too fond of the way the Magnolias drop their petals all over.
Well down here in the middle of summer they shed their leaves as well.. Crape Myrtle is like a lilac up north, Lilacs do smell good now, have some color, but a tree nonetheless. :^)
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[quote=john_ny;124884]C'mon, somebody must have some hints, or little secrets! QUOTE]

I have NEVER gotten any Bird of Paradise seeds to sprout. I can tell you that for me, Oleander is easy. Best to use clean moist potting soil. Spread Oleander seeds on the top and spray enough to moisten the seeds. Keep warm and in bright light Don't let the seeds dry out till they start to sprout. Then only water when dry. Watch out for "damping off" because you can loose a lot of seedlings to that. What kind of Oleander seeds are they?
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Tony O - Don't know what kind of Oleander I have. They were just some, where the mother plant was pretty. Whether the seedlings come out the same is ?
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Like Migael said, Magnolias can be a pain in the --- especially when it comes to leaves--all summer long, and then the seed cones in the fall. A friend of mine told me too late--if you are going to have a Magnolia--NEVER CUT ANY LIMBS! If you do that, it will look like a Christmas tree with limbs all the way to the ground and most of the leaves and seed cones will fall under the tree. You still may have to rake some, but not nearly as much.
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