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Is astilbe fairly easy to grow from seed?

Posted by weedlady Central OH 5 (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 19, 11 at 10:39

Cheapskate that I am...I'd like a dozen or so plants for a shady foundation planting area but would rather not invest in plants. I have a good bit of experience with seed-starting, including some perennials, have a nice set-up with lights in the basement, but am curious if I should bother trying to fiddle with what I am guessing is quite fine seed.
Advice? Suggestions?

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RE: Is astilbe fairly easy to grow from seed?

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 19, 11 at 11:07

Yes, the seed is fine and surface sown, covering the seed pots with plastic wrap and removing that at the first sign of germination is one way of keeping them moist until they can germinate.

A. chinensis comes up like lettuce and just about as fast for me, other types could take as long as 60 days or more to sprout.

I don't think you'd have trouble with the seed, but if you do or if you are looking for a specific variety and cannot find seed for it, buying about 1/3 the number of plants you need, dividing those when you get them home to plant them is another possibility.

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