01 April 2009

sad seeds

I now soak all my seeds in warm water overnight to see if they are still viable – those that sink should be good, those that float probably have nothing living left in them.

I am very sad to see that some Salvia candelabrum seeds – 14 in all – are all floating on the surface, even 24 hours later. A dissection of two of them shows that the inside of one has totally shrivelled up whilst the other looks like a fuzzy sunflower seed.

I am upset because they are unusual (and I can find very few pictures of them on the web – the one from the Telegraph article seems to have disappeared since the last time I saw it). I gathered them from a garden of salvias in October last year. Perhaps I should have sown them straight away instead of storing them. Perhaps I should have stored them in an airtight container instead of a seed packet with the others.


Esther Montgomery said...

Hello, came over to let you know I'm mothballing Esther in the Garden and have started differently at Esther's Boring Garden Blog.

I've just put some beetroot seeds in a glass of water, not so much to soak them as to wash off the chemicals which stop them germinating too soon.

Good luck with the Salvia.


ericat said...

Our hobby is aloes and we cultivate the seeds. I know with aloes that they need to be kept air-tight, but the keep at least 2 years. The aloe seeds germinate eratic to compensate for dry seasons - I take it that is not the case with your seeds? Those floating are indeed "past the point".?

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