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trouble growing seedlings of acid loving plants

Posted by alexander3 6 (My Page) on
Wed, May 18, 11 at 12:01


The last two years I have tried to grow sourwood and wintergreen from seed. Plenty of the seeds germinate, but they don't progress past the cotyledon stage. I kept a couple wintergreen seedlings alive for 6 months, and they never got true leaves.

I've been able to grow a wide variety of plants from seed, only these two have given me problems. I'm guessing that it's not a coincidence that they are both acid loving plants from the family Ericaceae.

I've tried regular miracle grow potting mix as well as a homemade mix of 5 parts pine bark, one part perlite, and one part peat moss, which should be more acidic.

Any tips for growing these kinds of plants from seed?


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RE: trouble growing seedlings of acid loving plants

I have only grown these from cuttings. & from that aview I have found a soil mix in the correct pH range helped long term growth but had minimal affect when rooting....
look at other growth factors as light, temperature, water, etc.

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