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Green tea seeds - Camellia sinensis

posted by: popi on 03.04.2006 at 01:17 am in Herbs Forum

I have some seeds from the Camellia sinensis plant. They are rather hard seeds - should I soak them in water for a while before sowing ?

Is says "slow to germinate" how slow is that, any ideas?

Thanks for all help.



Good germination and harvesting advice.
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Tea seeds

posted by: jammin_360 on 11.28.2009 at 05:44 pm in Growing from Seed Forum

I got some Camellia Sinensis seeds a while ago. I tried germinating a few by soaking but I've yet to get them to sprout. I was going to try cracking the shells a little to help em out but I wasn't sure as to how much I can crack them without hurting the seeds. Does anyone have any expertise with tea seeds?


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Lavender from seed

posted by: kimmeed on 07.30.2009 at 09:20 pm in Growing from Seed Forum

I'd like to have plants for Spring blooming. I see that I can mail order plants for Fall delivery, and there is also seed available. If I purchase seed, and start them indoors, will there be enough time to transplant this Fall? Thank you for your help!


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I need tips for growing Echinacea from seed!

posted by: mayhem69 on 07.14.2009 at 04:50 pm in Growing from Seed Forum

Hi, i started collecting Echinacea this yr. and now i want to try and start some from seed. I need some advice from the experts out there. I live in SE Pa.


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Collecting Peony seeds

posted by: lakesidegardner on 08.22.2009 at 09:19 pm in Growing from Seed Forum

In our garden, we have a pink peony "bush" with the flowers dried off. The flowers have left behind three seed pods per flower and are currently brown. I mean to ask, is it desirable to cut open the pods and hope that the seeds are ripe, or wait until the pods split open, then collect the seeds? Is there a surefire sign?

Thanks for helping.


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prepping basil seeds

posted by: treelover on 09.23.2009 at 09:52 am in Growing from Seed Forum

I've harvested some seed from a cinnamon basil plant; stalks were completely brown before I cut them. The 'pods' came off the stem easily and I've let them sit on a plate for a week.

Do I need to remove the coverings from the seeds before planting? It's a real chore doing that, as the covering doesn't come off just from rubbing them between fingers. Seems like each one would have to be cut off individually.


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Should I Bother Trying to Grow Spinach?

posted by: alrightypewriter on 09.24.2009 at 05:03 pm in Growing from Seed Forum

This is only my second season gardening so I'm still trying to learn the ropes. For fall I'm growing everything from seed. I've planted 8 types of veggies and all but 1 have germinated and sprouted, the bloomsdale spinach. It's still hot in California so I directly sowed them into the container I plan on growing them in indoors. 3 weeks later, nothing. I then tried the paper towel method. Again, nothing. Lastly, I tried the paper towel method in the refrigerator and the seeds remain dormant. Rather than continue to waste seeds, should I even bother trying to grow spinach in Los Angeles? Even in winter, there will still be warm or even hot days. It just doesn't get cold enough here. Anyone from a zone 9 have success with germinating and growing spinach seeds?


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paw paw tree seeds

posted by: hammer1hammer on 10.24.2009 at 02:56 am in Growing from Seed Forum

Does any one know the care and planting of paw paw seeds. Hammer in Kansas.


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How do I grow Peach tree from seed?

posted by: forestelves on 11.24.2009 at 03:39 pm in Growing from Seed Forum

I have 4 seeds and don't know if I need to soak the pods or crack the pods. If I do need to crack the pods HOW?


Info on other pitted plants
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Monkshood (Aconitum albidum) seeds - when and how to seed

posted by: madrone on 10.20.2008 at 02:09 pm in Growing from Seed Forum

Has anyone any experience about when, how and where to grow monkshood (Acibutum albidum)seed. The flowers have all set seed and are dropping to the ground now. Would I be more successful copying nature and growing them outside, or can they be planted now in a greenhouse, or in the spring. Do they germinate better using bottom heat? I could try all three methods but it would save time if someone has some tried and proven results to share. Thanks!


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Growing Muscadine from Seed?

posted by: fierymomof2 on 10.06.2007 at 02:37 pm in Growing from Seed Forum

I just bought 3 clamshell boxes of the dark purple muscadines, and am saving the seeds. I am a complete newbie at growing these, so I'd like to know how to start. I know they take approximately 3 years minimum to produce fruit, and that's ok.
Do I refrigerate the seeds first until spring? When do I plant them (spring? fall?)? Can I start out each seed in one of those box seed starter things from Wal-Mart and then transfer them outside when they start to shoot up?

I know they used to grow on the backside of my dad's land wild, and now they seem to have disappeared :( THey were never pruned, just allowed to grow wild, and we used to get many, many 5 gallon buckets full of them. Now I want to grow them in my own backyard.

I've searched around the internet but really haven't found anything about how to grow them starting with the seed.
Thanks for any advice :)


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'Wildseed Farms' Texas

posted by: gjfarm on 01.20.2011 at 03:11 pm in Growing from Seed Forum

Has anyone purchased from this company. They have a great selection of wildflowers/regional mixes. I have not been able to find any reviews on them. Reasonable pkt price (assuming the seed count is OK) and shipping. It appears they have a great visitors center in Texas.


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Anyone experienced with kiwi's?

posted by: Xtal on 10.28.2005 at 06:59 pm in Growing from Seed Forum

Has anyone had any experience of growing these vines from seeds? I'd like to hear about your experience.



heavy strangler vines....
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Seed Germination Guide For 7,000 Types of Seeds!!!!

posted by: daisy_lee on 01.22.2011 at 08:23 am in Growing from Seed Forum

I just found an awesome Seed Germination Guide from the Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society! It lists over 7,000 types of seeds!!! I am happy to share this info with everyone, so check out this website:

Happy Sowing!



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Avacado Information

posted by: Frank Resmondo - FL (Guest) on 06.09.1999 at 08:37 pm in Gardening with Kids Forum

Could you please tell me when Avacado trees bloom and and what is the time element from the time of the bloom until fruit. Thanks


Also includes grafting information
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Theobroma cacao from seed

posted by: LucaB on 10.23.2005 at 06:22 pm in Tropicals Forum

Hello! I've just planted some seeds of theobroma cacao and I've got a question about watering... Searching in the forum I've read that they need a lot of water... but in the instructions I got with them they say to let the earth dry out before watering again... so what's the right thing to do?

Thank you!


Mycorrhizal inoculation info too
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Germinating papaya seeds

posted by: coff62 on 12.18.2005 at 02:50 pm in Tropicals Forum

My wife is eating papaya, I want to germinate the seeds. What advice can you give? What type of soil? Heat and light requirements? Also do I keep the seeds moist and cool until I plant them?



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Germinating rosemary?!?

posted by: Upforachallenge on 11.20.2005 at 02:47 pm in Growing from Seed Forum


I'm having a really hard time getting my rosemary to germinate. All my other seedlings are up and running and I've only got one rosemary poking out from about 18 seeds planted. This is my second try and the last time I only got one also. The room where I've been doing my germinating has been running ~70 degrees F. Is it possible that this is too hot for rosemary?

Thanks for any suggestions!


Herb info
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Earwig trap

posted by: oilpainter on 06.16.2010 at 12:23 am in Growing from Seed Forum

Earwigs were eating my marigolds. I figured there were a lot of little ones around because they stripped a couple to skeletons on Sunday night.

When I discovered it on Monday I went to mix up a concoction of Molasses, Oil and Soy Sauce. No Molasses-- so I substituted corn syrup. I mixed it in a baby food jar, buried it and propped the lid over it. I had to be out on Tuesday, but I checked it when I got home around 3.

Wonderful--The jar was over half full of baby earwigs that will be eating no more of my Marigolds I threw out the bottle and bugs and made a new trap this time used a big prescription bottle. We'll see what I will get with this one.

This has to be the best trap for earwigs. Better than earwig bait or anything else I've tried and believe me I've tried most chemical or organic traps. I'm also happy Corn Syrup works because I usually have it on hand and don't use Molasses for baking, so it takes a trip to the grocery.


Pest control
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How to germinate a mango seed

posted by: Boastyboy on 02.16.2005 at 07:33 pm in Tropicals Forum

I was just wondering how I should germiante a mango seed. I have planted two within the last two weeks, but ahve noticed mould has builded up on the seed. I planted the seed in compost, and them placed in a bag, and put it on the bathroom floor, directly above the heater down stairs.
I am thinking about trying the Avocado water method, and also cracking or cutting the seed open to get the pit out.
How did you germinate yours?
Thanks in advance.


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Good places to buy non-hybrid seeds

posted by: jcaho on 05.24.2007 at 05:03 pm in Growing from Seed Forum

Can anyone help?


Good resources guide
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