how long till bloom?

marricgardensDecember 24, 2012

I plan to start some yellow and purple daturas this year. I received the seeds in trade so I've been going thru the posts trying to find some info about starting them. So far I have found out that bottom heat is needed. Do the seeds have to be stratified first? Once I get these growing, how long does it take for them to start to flower? TIA. Marg

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monet_g

Hi Marg,
I always stratify mine as I store them in the fridge. I thought it was required, but was corrected in another post. I think the answer was "it depends on the cultivar".

I soak the seeds overnight and nick them (scarification) before planting. I use bottom heat and put them under lights - cheap lights - they'll prevent them from getting leggy. They can take a while to germinate (21 days or so). Also, for me, they seem to start out slow, so you'll probably want to get them started earlier than other seeds (March-ish).

I haven't really paid attention to when I would see first flowers, but I'd say end of June or so in your zone. I usually plant a six inch seedling and it grows to a couple feet by then. After that, they really take off, growing larger and putting out fair amount of blooms. I've grown them in pots, but they were never as robust as the ones in ground.

I don't think you'll be disappointed!
Gail

    Bookmark   December 25, 2012 at 9:47AM
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marricgardens

Thanks for the tips Gail. Can't wait to see my first blooms! Marg

    Bookmark   December 25, 2012 at 12:26PM
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