- Linda; There are many ways that you can attempt to start germinating those seeds that you have collected in Virginia. The method that I personally use consistsMessage 1 of 1 , Nov 9, 2005View SourceLinda;There are many ways that you can attempt to start germinating those seeds that you have collected in Virginia.The method that I personally use consists of using Plastic Containers ( at least 3 to 4 inches deep that have a lid that closes) places such as Jewel Bake Shop (cookies) , Deli containers with lids, plastic food storage with a clear or translucent lid, etc are what I use, including sometimes Styrofoam cups with clear lids. I always make sure that these containers are cleaned/sterilized with chlorine bleach, rinsed real good, and the bottom of these containers have numerous holes-- using a nail or cordless drill to make some holes.For the germinating mix ; I use the fine residue from a Bag of Pine Bark Mulch (taking a Colander and shaking that until I obtain enough to fill those containers that I will use for seeds.To that Fine Pine Bark Residue I add some Sphagnum Moss, by shredding /cutting that coarse stringy plant material. I do not use any Soil in my germinating mix. I then fill the plastic containers close to the closure snaps of the top lid. I then soak until thorougly wet, I wait till next day and sprinkle the seeds-- I put the lids/cover's on ,and place them under indirect light . in about 3 to 4 weeks- little green monster's usually appear, sometimes longer.It seems that the Fine Pine Bark Mulch residue and the Sphagnum Moss also help with that dreaded damping-off fungi and alllow sufficient "nourishment" to those seedlings prior to Transplanting.and that covers my germination method.Linda - another great method is a link to a pdf file (I could not attach this -due to Yahoo group restriction of 1 Meg) --- Mike Creel way of Propagation, enjoy those words of wisdom from Mike, and I am sure that others on this great Azalea Group will chip in with their methods as well..Good Luck- Tadeusz In Illinois. temps going down into lower 30's tonight.
linda foss <lbfoss@...> wrote:
These questions are just what i have been wondering. So thank you for answering each other. I have gathered up 4 seed pods but was not certain when to try to start them. I have an unheated garage (zone 7) but it has nice windows for sunshine and usually doesn't freeze. Should I start the azalea seeds in a paper towel in the kitchen window? Or in peat pellets and on a warming blanket?? or under lights?? Or out in the garage?
Or should I try the Wintersown method in a cut-in-half coke bottle and wait until Nature warms the seeds up in the early spring?? I am looking for a sure-fire success method. What works best for you?
I just want to try this out, as I am a hobby gardener but i love my azaleas and have been propigating them all summer by air layering, and ground layering (had no luck with cuttings this year) and thought I might try to grow some from seeds.
Thank you, Linda
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