Begonia sempervirens 'Fairyland Mix'

marguerite_gwJuly 4, 2012

Thompson & Morgan are selling seeds of these begonias, double and semi-doubles. I'm just wondering has anyone here grown them this year, their first, I think, in the Thompson & Morgan catalogue. If so, I'd love to know how they turned out.

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woebegonia

Haven't tried T & M seeds, but every year I do plant the semi and dbl semp seeds from Harris Seeds, I like them very much.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 11:49AM
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marguerite_gw

Hi woebegonia,
I sowed the seeds, I think, because they were almost invisible. First I thought the packets were empty. I read on the web that I should open them onto a piece of white paper, but even at that, I couldn't see them very well, and I have good eyesight. There were supposed to be 100 in a packet. A packet of quite ordinary ones had 2000 in it supposedly, and they were quite visible. Can you remember how long it takes them to germinate normally? 15 to 60 days it says on the packet. It will be difficult if it takes two months to know if I sowed anything at all. I hope they turn out like yours. Many thanks for the reply.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 3:20PM
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woebegonia

Begonia seeds are the tiniest in the plant kingdom. I always inspect with a magnifying glass, otherwise you can't see with the naked eye if they are crushed or all chaff and debris. I would have expected T & M to use pelleted seeds, a lot of dealers do that now. 'Semps' as they are affectionately known, usually germinate for me from five days to maybe 10 or 12 days, bottom heat speeds things along. I think when yourpacket says 60 days they are just covering bases, so to speak. I wouldn't wait two months for semps, they should be up long before that. I have some extras of the Harris if you'd like to try them sometime.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 11:07AM
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marguerite_gw

woebegonia, many thanks for the reply. I am going to look at my seed tray right now! I really hope something will come up soon. I would love to try some of your spares and to send you some seeds too. Do you like anything else besides begonias? You can reach me at elder@iol.ie anytime. It's the same address as on my page. I have the begonia semperflorens seeds I mentioned in the post to you but they are just singles. So begonia seeds are the tiniest of all seeds. That explains how hard they are to see :)

    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 11:35AM
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marguerite_gw

My first seedling came up on Monday. My heated propagator had been inadvertently thrown out (by a tidy husband) so I filled hot water bottle after hot water bottle to stand the tray on. I actually thought the seeds might have literally been dust, not just 'dust-like'. However, it looks like there was at least one seed there :)

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 11:41AM
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marguerite_gw

I must be crazy, not to notice the mistake in my title to this thread. I just spotted it today! It should be Begonia semperflorens, of course. Sorry about that, everyone.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 2:08PM
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woebegonia

Good! I hope you have more germination showing by now. I will contact you soon about seeds.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 4:18PM
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marguerite_gw

No, sadly, no more up yet, but perhaps patience will work wonders :)

Many thanks indeed.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 2:52PM
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marguerite_gw

Two more almost invisible seedlings emerged this morning! I'll post back in a month or two, or if a hundred come up together :)

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 3:02PM
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