Tip with grow flowers from seed

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gardening in the Pacific Northwest' started by Fine ocean parker, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. Fine ocean parker

    Fine ocean parker Active Member

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    South Surrey,B.C.
    I'm going to try my hand at growing some flowers from seed. The three I'm going to get started on are Cleome, Asclepias and Columbine. They all have instructions regaurding pre-chilling them, all between 2-3 weeks. My question is how important is this? The instruction are to sow the seed and put in the refrigerator for five days. Has anyone done this before and have any tips? Is five days enough or even needed? Any input is appreciated, thanks.
  2. pmurphy

    pmurphy Contributor

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    I have never tried growing these particular plants from seeds but have grown various other types that require chilling so I would recommend following the instructions - I once experiment with some kiwi seeds and those that I did not pre-chill for 60 days did not sprout. FYI, columbines are found growing wild (or use to) in quantity in the lower mainland so you have to imagine the seeds dropping in the fall and then overwintering in the ground.
    Without pre-chilling the seeds often will not germinate, or will not germinate properly.......some plants need that cold, dormant period into order to set properly.
  3. Miry

    Miry Member

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    Gibsons BC Canada
    I find that the same thing works for poppy seeds. Either plant the seeds in the fall or chill them before you plant them in the spring.

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