canna seed germinating

chinagroveAugust 10, 2007

I have started germinating several canna seeds.I'm new at this. Nicked seed, soaked, placed them in styrofoam cups with holes in bottom and filled cup with good potting soil. (not seed starting medium.) Placed saran wrap with rubber bands on tops of cups. Placed cups in greenhouse in sun where it is very warm as our temps have been extremely hot. Some (not very many) have sprouted. The ones that haven't sprouted, i loosened soil to expose the seed and it had what looked like little bluish-gray speckels on them Could this be some sort of mold? Maybe got too hot in greenhouse.I then moved them outside in semi-shade. What's up with my method and is there anything I can do to save any of these seeds?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Patience. Your method needs patience. Nothing happens when you want it to ... or all at once.

Speckles on the seed shell may be caused naturally by them being wetted internally and the seed store beginning to be utilized by the embryo.

All my Canna seeds eventually came up. Canna are extremely hardy plants and although they may take time to germinate, they eventually will. And if they don't. Who cares? The ones that did germinate can be divided later to obtain just as many and more Canna. You only need one to germinate to get lots of them!

    Bookmark   August 10, 2007 at 2:46PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
My first Canna blooms ever! NOID. Proud momma!
Just wanted to share the gorgeousness but if anyone...
Canna from seed - percent success rate?
Hi! About 1 1/2 weeks ago, I prepped and planted canna...
how fast do cannas grow from seed?
I have filed some seeds as well as the edges of my...
Canna - Clay Soil _ Fertilizer
I have a clay soil. What type of fertilizer would help...
my cannas are only producing very small seeds
So ive been waiting for weeks for the seed pods on...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™