Kniphofia germination

dahlia_guy(Zone 8 Oregon)March 8, 2007

I recently bought seed of 14 obscure species of Kniphofia from South Africa. I a trying to decide weather I should start these now under lights or sow them outdoors. Any ideas? Thanks

Travis

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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Travis, a little hard to answer without knowing which - and could be hard to answer even knowing if they are really obscure.

Many kniphofia are native to S Africa, some can be thought of as alpine. I don't find any information for kniphofia to suggest a cool moist period first is the way to go.

Druse states Fresh Seed (can I assume yours has been allowed to dry), light outdoors spring thru summer or indoors 70o, 6 weeks before last frost.

Clothiers, followed by ORGS, would seem to agree that if no germination in about 20 days from sowing warm, a moist chill of approx a month may be helpful.

I hate to give you inexperienced advice if these were hard to obtain seeds, but I think if they were mine I'd start indoors, and move any containers that may not have germinated outside in early April.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2007 at 2:45PM
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neil_allen(z5/6 Chi IL)

They seem to transplant easily, so if you've got a setup for indoor sowing, I'd go that way, or in your climate outdoors in cells or pots with some kind of protection against downpours.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2007 at 2:54PM
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dahlia_guy(Zone 8 Oregon)

Thanks for the responses.
These are the species I have, does anyone know if any of them require special conditions seperate from the others? I think I will start them indoors now, if I don't have germination by the 1st week in April I will chill them for 4 weeks then put them outside in a semi covered frame. Thanks

albascens
augustifolia (AKA rufa)
baurii
bruceae
hirsuta
ichopensis
linearifolia
multiflora
northiae
praecox
ritualis
rooperi
sarmentosa
typhoides

    Bookmark   March 9, 2007 at 8:17PM
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jqpublic(7b/8a Wake County NC)

How long does it take red hot poker to germinate??

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 1:00AM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Average germination time for Kniphofia uvaria @ 70-75F is 10 - 20 days

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 11:11AM
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jqpublic(7b/8a Wake County NC)

Boy hopefully they will sprout soon. We have several started up in cells and cups outside. Thanks for the help!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 11:36PM
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jqpublic(7b/8a Wake County NC)

Hehe update. I just check outside this evening after not checking last week. THE SEEDS HAVE SPROUTED! How exciting :)

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 11:59PM
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