Growing Plants from Seed
I have been busy preparing for Spring already! I have planted magnolia seeds, haskap seeds, hosta seeds and more! They are all growing steady under a grow light until it’s warm enough to put them in the greenhouse. It’s so much fun planting a seed and then watching it come alive as it sprouts and grows!
The seeds in a haskap berry are so small they are barely noticeable, so I cut berries in half and in quarters and planted them in a peat moss and perlite mixture. As you can see from the pictures more than one seed has started growing in most of the pots. All those plants from half a berry or less! Some pots have up to five plants.
I have also planted a few different varieties of magnolia seeds, some white, some pink, some a little of both. This is my second time growing magnolia seeds and I have found that it can take months for some of the seeds to sprout. Last year I was ready to give up on the seeds that didn’t sprout so I put the tray in the barn to deal with later. About a week went by and when I looked at the tray most of the seeds had sprouted. I’m not sure why they took so long but I think it might have something to do with the fact that magnolia seeds do not require light to sprout so when I put them in the barn where it was darker than in the house the rest of the seeds sprouted. I now keep the trays in a dark spot until the seeds start sprouting.
The hosta seeds I planted are doing great! From what I’ve read only about one in five seeds actually sprouts and this seems to be true based on what I’ve planted. I grew hosta seeds last year as well. This year, however, I have seeds from the really big hosta’s which I’m excited to see grow and need to find a spot for one or two in my gardens. It is not fun trying to get hosta seeds out of their pods but it is worth it in the end!
I am growing these plants and many more that will be available this Spring, Summer, and Fall. We will also have lilies, daylilies, hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, and more! I wanna know what are your favorite plants to grow from seed and what are you looking for to plant in your garden this year?