Growing Spring Beauties from Seed
Do you admire many spring woodland flowers and other beautiful spring bulbs?
Have you tried to grow some from seed without a single seed germinating?
Many of these seeds will not germinate if they have dried out. They are ephemeral or recalcitrant seeds. In nature, the seeds are shed and stay in warmish, moist soil. Winter comes. Germination is in the spring, almost a year after the seeds are shed.
We can grow many of these by planting the seeds in the spring, waiting till the next year, but how to get them?
A seed give away!
If you want seeds from some on the following list, please email the editors for the May Journal
with a request to be published for fresh seeds of your desired plants. Subject I Want
If you have any of the following (or others) please email the editors for the May Journal
saying “I have seeds of ... If interested, please contact me and send a SAE and seed packets.” Subject I’ve Got
Examples of recalcitrant seeds:
Adonis vernalis, Anemone nemorosa, Anemone quinquefolia, Anemonopsis, Anthurium, Asarum
Caltha palustris, Caulophyllum, Clintonia, Coptis trifoliata, Corydalis
Eomecon chionantha, Eranthis
Hepatica, Hylomecon vernalis
Paris quadrifolia, Plagiorhegma, Podophyllum
Sanguinaria, Symplocarpus, Stylophorum