Seed starting chronicles 2012

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cohan's picture
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Its a cutie, Dave!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F;

Hoy's picture
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Joined: 2009-12-15

A handsome little cutie, Dave! Much better than most native Silenes here ;)

Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

Dave - congratulations on flowering Silene petersonii, it's one that I have always wanted to grow.

Found an excellent image of Silene petersonii, the plants growing among a jumble or rock, alongside the North Loop trail on the NW slope of Charleston Peak, Spring Mountains, southern Nevada (elev. about 3500 m).
On this wikipedia page, there are a number of images sizes, select a large image to see the details.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at

AmyO's picture
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Joined: 2009-12-06

I think I'll have to try that neat little Silene! And wouldn't you know we sell them at Rocky Dale Gardens! It has nevered flowered in the pot and looked a bit on the weak side so I didn't take much interest. The plants came from Sunny Border and they use a pretty heavy mix. A repotting with a much lighter soil mix might be in order for these to do their best.

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

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Joined: 2010-07-02

Thanks all regarding the Silene --it never set seed ........ :'(

Here's an Ixiolirion tataricum flowering from my own 'home' seed . :P :P

Cheers Dave.

Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

RickR wrote:

              Oxytropis nana - germinated at room temperature in 2 days after scarification and 2 hour soak.  It was quite amazing how quickly they absorbed water.  In the 2 hours it seemed like they doubled in size, but in reality they increased in size by about 50%.

I did a second trial at room temperature with an equal number of seed from the same batch (NARGS Seed Ex seed wild collected in Wyoming) unscarified and not soaked.  One seed emerged in 35 days, so far.

Comparing my methods and results to yours in general, it appears to be the scarification that's the key, not the soaking.  I don't soak any pea family seeds (or any other seeds with exception of a few drops of GA-3 solution for gentians), yet get comparably rapid germination.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm


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