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If you put seeds in a damp paper towel on June 17, and they are showing no sign of rootlets even now, is it time to call it quits?
If it matters, they were saved seeds from last years' stokesia.
I'm thinking they must be a hybrid that produces sterile seeds... right?
 
Posts: 4686 | Location: zone 6b, Missouri | Registered: Sep 19, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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i think you are right on all counts. they should have sprouted by now if the towels were kept constantly damp. i have lousy luck growing seeds into plants, but sure can sprout them. Big Grin
 
Posts: 3906 | Location: Northern CA Zone 10a | Registered: Aug 27, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Both VE & I tried to start Stokesia from seeds...neither of us had any luck. I guess they have to be divided???
OR...do they need light to germinate??
I didn't look up "how" to do it...just planted them really shallow.


"The soil is the source of life, creativity, culture and real independence." David Ben-Gurion
 
Posts: 5126 | Location: SW Ga. 8b | Registered: Apr 21, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Some sources state that Stokesia is very easy to start from seed while others state they need cold stratification for 6 to 8 weeks. I've not seen anything that would indicate sterile hybrids, although they could be out there. How the seeds were stored could make as difference.


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Posts: 8189 | Location: Twin Lake, MI USA | Registered: Aug 19, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Thanks folks.

Everything I find on them says this shouldn't be so hard. There are sites that sell this exact variety's seed, but the planting directions differ from site to site. Some say they need cold stratification, others not. Doesn't seem to matter. Over many years' time, I've tried everything to get these to start, including direct seeding in both spring and fall; wintersowing in a jug; sowing indoors in starter mix, soil, water, and damp towel... Every conceivable way except incubation between my toes! That's it, I give up. I bought one plant this spring, will buy more next year (or off the clearance rack if I get lucky).

Interesting tidbit that I can't interpret - the page for this variety at Dave's Garden - http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/82673/ - has two contradictory statements under "Seed Collecting":

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed."

I don't understand the conflict between statements? But if the second is true, it confirms my suspicion why I'm not having success.
 
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Mine did dry on the plant...so that didn't work!


"The soil is the source of life, creativity, culture and real independence." David Ben-Gurion
 
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