Red Yucca from seed?

clysta(8)September 10, 2006

I decided to repost this message under the proper heading to gain more attention?

I am trying to start red yuccas from seed. Of the original 4 seeds that I planted, only one has come up. I have put the pot in a place where the seedling gets more sunlight. Seems to be doing well. I have also planted 4 more seeds. Is one out of 4 an expected result for planting seeds? I did not score (scratch)or presoak the seeds, that will be my next attempt.

Transplanting is not recommended here until at least September.

Found on another web site=

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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happyhoe(z6 OH)

Growing Hesperaloe parviflora is pretty easy from seed. You probably will have better luck if you can plant more than four seeds at a time. Use a light, well draining propagation mix, sow the seeds about 1/4" deep. Germination takes about 2-4 weeks and is quicker if you keep the soil warm about 80F. Seedlings will take about 3 years to reach blooming size.

Hesperaloe form deeply rooted rhyzomes so asexuall reproduction can be a bit of a chore. Probably the easiest way is to by a large container grown plant, wash off the soil and cut the rhyzomes apart using a shharp knife. Let the new cuts suberize for a few days before planting in a well drained mix. Water sparingly.

Seed propagation is the way that most nurseries propagate hesperaloe. The exceptions are the yellow form of H. parviflora and the H. Parviflora x h. funifera hybrid which are micropropagated.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2006 at 8:18AM
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clysta(8)

So far, out of a total of eleven seeds planted I have three plants coming up. One I just planted in the soil. The others I planted in potting soil. I have some seeds soaking in water now, but nothing is happening with them. Maybe they would do better than the others if I now put them in soil.
However, having read everything from comments here and websites that I found, it seems that the best way is to dig up a plant and divide the rhizomes. Especially since plants from seed won't bloom for 3 years. I was trying to start some plants for my new house which will be ready in December. I can landscape the back yard myself and I can add plants to the front yard after the builder landscapes it.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2006 at 8:16PM
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