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Any experience with Mutisia?

Posted by mark4321 9b CA Sunset 17 (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 21, 12 at 18:27

I'm curious whether anyone has had any experience with Mutisia seeds. I realize that this may not be the best forum--Chileflora has a forum that may be more appropriate.

I bought a Mutisia oligodon plant (Annie's Annuals and Perennials, at their nursery in Richmond, CA, $7.50). The plant came with an old seedhead from one of last year's flowers. I removed the seeds today:

Mutisia oligodon seeds

Sorry if this is a bit out of focus. Mutisia seeds are notorious for being non-viable. Chileflora (link at bottom) suggests that some species give as many as 10% viable--this is the high end!

I'm curious whether anyone thinks the 3 seeds I've indicated with arrows could be among the plump, viable seeds. They are certainly more plump than those still attached to the "parachutes"...

My plan is to plant them all. It sounds like 2 week stratification is ideal. I assume I can just put the whole moist pot in the fridge?

I'm also going to try rooting cuttings. I've only grown Mutisia subulata in the past, with only one attempt at rooting a cutting (failed) and seeds sent to others (no reports of success, and I presume these were not viable).

These are very odd plant, by the way. This plant did have the distinction of being my "ugliest" plant, pretty much looking like a small dead holly. The new growth (even from what looked like "dead" stems) is nice so far, with tendrils starting to emerge at the ends of the leaves.

Mutisia oligodon April21

Here is a link that might be useful: Chileflora: Germinating Mutisia

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RE: Any experience with Mutisia?

Update: Looks like I won't be attempting to grow it from seed, at least not right now. The seeds spilled and are scattered around...

RE: Any experience with Mutisia?

1) seed lightly cover soil temp for germination 70F & took 30-90 days to germinate
2) Cuttings use firm new growth taken spring or fall. apply 0.1% IBA (Rooting hormone) expected rooting time 15-50 days.

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