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Jan 25, 2011 4:20 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Sorry I don't have a species name for the opuntia seeds I sent. There is a photograph of it in my database if anyone is good at figuring those kinds of things out from such meager data. I normally plant Opuntia seeds in sterile sandy soil, or soil treated with fungicide, and seal the whole thing into a plastic bag for a few months. I keep them under grow lights, but a bright window out of direct sunlight would also work. Germination takes about 1 to 3 weeks. But I get seeds germinating a year later. I leave the bag sealed for as long as possible. Opening it to dry the pot out if the mold/algae gets growing too fast.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
Jan 25, 2011 4:36 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Jamaica Plain, MA
Thanks, Joseph! That oughta help.

15 down. Another 40 or so to go. I don't envy you guys with the 250 seed packs. Not one little teensy weensy bit.
Jan 25, 2011 7:31 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Thumb of 2011-01-26/gardengus/720c52
I too hung my charms on a plant, they are on the Norfolk Island pine that lives next to my desk.
Beautiful Smiling
Thank you Lynn
Jan 26, 2011 12:59 AM CST
Name: Tuinkabouter
The Netherlands

Germinating the Geranium seeds Orchid Blue is not difficult. They germinate at room termperature but germination is erratic. There may be weeks in between the first seedling and the last.
Jan 26, 2011 5:48 AM CST
Perennially and Tuink, hardy geranium seeds have also germinated for me by wintersowing, too. So I think germinating a hardy geranium works fine by both warm temps and wintersowing - although which species might vary according to which zone the gardener is in.

Ella, I had asked for the opuntia, too, but will pass on it now - thanks for offering anyway.

Select Seeds - - has the four oclock 'Limilight Rose, in case anyone expecting it got missed.
My religion is simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama
Jan 26, 2011 6:53 AM CST
If anyone did not get the seeds I promised, would you cmail me so I can make it right?
My religion is simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama
Jan 26, 2011 9:00 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Jamaica Plain, MA
Tuink and Bluespiral, thanks for your input on the geraniums.
Jan 26, 2011 9:58 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
new thread
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
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