Germinating Balsam Flower Seeds

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  1. Lizainmm

    Lizainmm Active Member

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    Do the seeds of the balsam flower have to freeze over winter, in order to germinate in spring? Last fall, I collected the seeds, instead of letting them fly all over. I dried and stored them indoors and have been trying to get them to germinate in potting soil, uncovered, for weeks, with no results.
    And, yes, I realize that they are invasive, but I love them.
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Esteemed Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Well, I can't recommend growing these purposefully. Nature is taking quite the hit from invasives. NCC: Policeman's helmet

    But I'll give you a hint at what I think... does the location of where these plants grow ever dry out?
     
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    It does. And they seem to stay roughly in the same area. The deer seem to like them which is why I collected the seeds from the few plants left last fall.
     
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    Just read about Policeman's Helmet - will discard the seeds.
     

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