Growing AVs from seed

sueok_gwAugust 4, 2014

Someone very nice sent me a package of Park's AV Fantasy Teacup Hybrid seeds. Does anyone here have experience growing AVs from seed? I tried starting gloxinias from seed years ago, with little success, but I'm older now, so I can do this, right? Any words of wisdom here?

Sue

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froeschli

I'm just growing out my first batch of seeds :-)

I didn't have much of a plan when I started, moistened some commercial av mix, put it in a sour cream container, made sure it was level, scattered the seeds and closed the container off with clear food wrap. Placed it on my grow shelf and waited...
Then, some 8 days later, I found my first sprout.
The second seed pod I planted the same way, but using av soil cut with perlite. It yielded about 1/3 as many seedlings. Now each seed pod is unique, so I don't know if the choice of potting mix mattered...

One thing to pay attention to though - check how many seeds are in that packet. My first seed pod yielded 150 seedlings - so the sour cream container got really crowded really fast...

I'll add the link where I documented my little adventure...

Karin

Here is a link that might be useful: My AV hybridizing experiment

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 6:40PM
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sueok_gw

Thank you, Karin. I saw your thread, but thought you were in way too deep for me! I enjoyed reading through it now though. I guess I'll jump in and try it. Just planting a package of seeds sounds easy now.
Sue

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 11:07PM
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lucky123

Sue
Post some updates if you would. How long to sprout, how many, and other details. I started a pack early last spring but I think it was too cold. We don't heat in the spring but it gets 40 and below at night
Nothing came up for an entire pack of seeds.
Thanks

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 9:29PM
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froeschli

Photos are always awesome! Besides, saves taking notes ;-p
I'd be interested in how a commercial seed mix would do compared to a 'fresh' seed pod. Losses would be more acceptable, I expect, if you haven't been nurturing the pod for over half a year...
But once they sprout, they're all your babies, so selecting which ones to grow out is harder than getting them started to begin with...

Karin

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 11:16PM
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