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Candelabra primula seed.

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I was searching the web to see how and when to collect the seeds from the plants I bought last year. The advice from a couple of sites including Gardeners World was to collect the seed now and sow them straight away. I pulled some of the seed pods off where the flowers had finished. There are loads of the round seed pods.
I pealed off the outer coating to reveal a bright green layer..

When I ran my thumb and finger over this surface it broke to peal off all these seeds.


It was advised to place these seeds onto the surface of a tray of peat free compost and to place the tray in a tray of water until the compost was wet through. Then to place the seeds in a mist propagator ( which I don’t posses ) or to place a sheet of glass over the tray to keep in the moisture. The seeds should germinate in 4-6 weeks and should be big enough by September to plant outside. I’ve had a go at doing this and I hope it’s going to work. I found the seeds fascinating. In my ignorance I would have assumed that I put the whole of the seed pod into compost not stripping the seeds from the pod first.
Most of you will already know how to do this but I found the process really surprising and wanted to share it. :o)

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Hi Homebird ..
Fascinating ... good luck with the seeds.
Please give us updates.

10 Jun, 2017

 

Hb, I think I would have used the whole seed pod too and would not have dreamed all those seeds were inside! Fascinating and looking forward to seeing how they develop.

10 Jun, 2017

 

Thanks for that Honebird. I'm going to have a go as well! Thanks for sharing. ;)

10 Jun, 2017

 

Just wondering if those seeds had finished ripening? Most ripe seeds are beige or brown. If this lot don't germinate perhaps you might leave some seed heads on until they go brown and try again?

10 Jun, 2017

 

How fascinating HB! Like Stera I did wonder if the seeds were ripe, but do keep us posted of the progress won't you?

10 Jun, 2017

 

They say that the seeds germinate better if you sow them 'green'. Now is a good time. Dried seed doesn't germinate as easily and they need light to trigger germination, so only sow on the surface and as the seed is sticky you don't have to worry about it blowing away. You can stand them in a sheltered spot out side. Just keep the compost moist.

If anyone wants some to try just let me know and I will be happy to send some.

10 Jun, 2017

 

Here is a link to the gardeners world advice and video.

http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-grow-candelabra-primulas-from-seed/

10 Jun, 2017

 

It just goes to show we can all learn something new ☺☺

10 Jun, 2017

 

Good luck ! Please let us know the result :)

10 Jun, 2017

 

Well I do know that with seeds from any of my primula's, I always do better if I just scatter them in what I refer to as my nursery bed, (under the Hibiscus) or on the top of a soil filled trough and then forget about them until next springtime, if I collect and try to grow in a tray they never seem to get anywhere, it seems they all need more light, I have never managed to grow any Candelabras from seed though Homebird, guess I now know why that is, you'll have to keep us posted as to your progress...

10 Jun, 2017

 

Isn't mother nature amazing! That's why I enjoying gardening so much. Just watching plants develop and I still get excited when they start to flower. Good luck with your seeds and keep us updated on how they are doing.

11 Jun, 2017

 

Thanks for this homebird. Like you I would have just planted the whole capsule. Its interesting to learn more about seeds. This is exactly the knowledge we need to share on here. I bought two packets of ricinus seeds this spring and did a bit of research on how to germinate them. Nowhere did I find the essential info that I needed, which was to remove the outer hard shell. It was only when I moaned about my failure that Angela revealed the tip to me. Why don't they tell you on the packet??

11 Jun, 2017

 

That's so interesting about sowing green - never heard of that before.

11 Jun, 2017

 

from natures point of view the plant produces a 'dry' seed approx. 5% natural moisture. my understanding of 'in the green' meant fresh ripe seed as mother nature does it. the plant's seed pods dry, split and the seed falls out. germination happens early and for some that means with light present.

hopefully some of your seed has developed enough to grow. keep us updated. :o)

11 Jun, 2017

 

Fascinating Homebird, hope it works.

12 Jun, 2017

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