Canary Bird Vine? (Tropaeolum peregrinum)

msbattApril 4, 2012

Any suggestions on germinating these seeds? Same question for Thunbergia alata.

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MSBatt, I have tried and TRIED to germinate the canary bird vine seeds, with NO luck. If you find out, come back and tell us what you learned, please.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 6:44PM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

I've never had a problem germinating them...I just pour some on a piece of sandpaper, put my hand over them and roll them around...then soak them for a couple of days and plant. I've seen some websites that say "most seeds germinate in 6-8 weeks." I think they must mean 6-8 days. In my notes I have written that it germinates better in the dark, and at a temp. of 70 degrees. And your post reminds me that I'd better get some seeds and get those started before I leave for a couple of weeks! Then they'll be all ready to transplant when I get back.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 9:59PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

I only grew these once and had no trouble. I just sowed them in pots of compost (seed mix) on a windowsill in the kitchen then transplanted outside. I didn't soak or scarify them. I was a student at the time so definitely had no heat mats, propagators etc.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 10:57AM
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Well, I'm beginning to think I had some bad seeds---the second packet is germinating MUCH better. Or possibly my first ones just weren't warm enough.

And once they do come up, stand back! (*grin*)

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 9:30PM
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