Liatris - Meadow Blazing Star - grow fr seed
Do you have experience with growing this plant from seed?
I'm primarily interested in whether I should remove, one by one, by hand, the little spikey parachute things that are attached to the end of the seed BEFORE planting the seed. They don't seem to want to come off on their own when I shake them in a bag. Maybe I need to let them age more, then try shaking again? The seed falls off the flower stalk when I touch the dried bloom, so I feel they are ready to be harvested but those little spikey things stay attached to the end of the harvested seed.
I've yet to have luck with propagating this plant by seed so I'm wondering if I'm not preparing the seed properly, if the seed is simply not viable or if I'm not giving it the conditions it needs to germinate. I'm stubborn and want to be successful. :-)
I have read that not all seed from this plant is viable but I'd think, if the conditions were right, at least one or two would germinate.
If you have personal experience, I'd be most grateful for your advice.