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Millionbells from seed

Posted by kato_b z6 NEPa (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 2, 14 at 19:01

Has anyone grown millionbells (calibrachoa) from seed? I could be wrong but it looks like several have self sown in one if my planters from last year.... Unless they are all some kind of weed :)
-for all those professional growers out there- nothing to fear, I'm not going to corner the market on millionbells this year since they're still mighty tiny, and I'm sure I'll spend way too much time growing these on..... but they're there now and it's just something I need to do! Lol


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RE: Millionbells from seed

I don't know of a source to buy Calibrachoa seed, and they aren't usually grown from seed, except by Calibrachoa breeders. Yours should be fine, but they may vary considerably from their parent, because of their extensive hybridized breeding.

This could be your start in being your own Calibrachoa breeder. But even if you find some nice new ones and save seeds from them, you probably will see some more variation from the parent. Variation isn't necessarily bad -- it can occasionly produce better new things. I experience the same thing in my zinnia breeding hobby.

ZM


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RE: Millionbells from seed

Zenman is right, calibrachoa is not produced commercially from seed......YET....lol. In July, the first commercial Calibrachoa from seed is being officially released. Called "Kabloom", the series is starting out with 5 basic colors.


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RE: Millionbells from seed

Interesting, thanks!
I thought that might be the case that they're not available from seed, but wasn't sure why. I thought since I never have actually seen them produce seed on my plants I just thought they were some kind of sterile hybrid.
I'll see if I can focus long enough to get them transplanted and grow them out... I'm curious to see what comes of it! I don't see any future as a calibrachoa breeder but I always like to see where these things end up.
If I manage to transplant safely, keep them alive, grow them on, and get blooms I'll report back.
That's a lot of ifs, the most likely scenario is dried out skeletons forgotten somewhere on the deck, or that they actually turn out to be some tiny new weed, but wish me luck :)


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RE: Millionbells from seed

PLEASE do report back. I have over 250 petunias that self seeded this season. The variation is amazing.
The interesting thing, to me anyway, is what month your seeds actually dropped to the ground and what month did they germinate and if the seeds went through a severe winter.
The most challenging thing for me and perhaps my break through regarding petunia seedlings was realizing they were not weeds. We, here, have a weed whose seedling looks just like a petunia. I have to wait until the seedling grows a little. If it gets a slight gray tone on the newest leaves, it's the weed.

This post was edited by bugbite on Tue, Jun 10, 14 at 9:34


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RE: Millionbells from seed

Hi bugbite, the seed must have dropped last fall since I think I cut the plants down after things froze. They're coming up in a large pot which was left out all winter in the snow and ice down to about -10F.
I also have a bunch of snapdragons and blue salvia farinacea seedlings coming up. I know what you mean about the variation, hybrids usually put out a lot of interesting seed. The snapdragons were a dark red strain last year but the seedlings look like they're a mix of colors based on the stems of the seedlings.
I was planning a different look for the deck this year, but it's hard to send all these little guys to the compost. Probably a good thing in the long run, my taste in colors doesn't amount to much and random seedlings are probably going to give a better look than anything I would come up with!


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Thanks for the reply. The thing about volunteer petunias is that every free petunia is a gift; I will take every one. But some are outstanding. I need to learn how to propagate them to have them next year.
-10f...amazing


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