Jewels of Opar - seeds

tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)July 23, 2012

Don't remember who at Lori's swap I got this lovely little plant from but it truly is a "jewel" with it's delicate petite flowers. I cut off the stalks, crushed the pods and was amazed how many seeds each small pod produced, about the size of amaranth seeds but much easier to harvest. I probably have 1000 seeds from one stalk, if anyone wants to give it a try, just drop me a line....

Tom

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wallisadi

have both the variegated and lime green jewels. one of my favorite and easy to propagate plants in the garden. never had them self seed? some are over six or seven years old, freeze to the ground every year and pop right back up each spring. great plant! cuttings are so easy! will be watching to see how the seeds do.....m

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 6:30AM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Hummmmm, maybe I jumped the gun. Guess I'd better start some seeds to see if they are viable....

Tom

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 7:36AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I had one of these show up in a pot and it's come back for the past few years. Last year I didn't get any of the seeds from the previous year to germinate but this year a few have but they did so on their own, I had given up saving the seeds (in unheated shed.) Judging from the number of seeds each plant makes, I may be sorry for putting this plant in a bed but they seem pretty easy to pull and will be right at home with the 27,000 oak sprouts also in that bed. This native is too cute to not keep around though, and what a long bloom time, still sending up new stalks! I wonder if they need light, like Coleus seeds, to sprout?

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 9:13AM
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saldut

Hi Tom - I've never tried Jewels of Opar, but sure would like to, if convenient for you please could you send me a few seeds? I appreciate it, and if there's anything in my garden you would like, it is yours- for the digging! Thanx again, sally

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 4:02PM
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wallisadi

lime green is new last year. only done cuttings, same cool pin size blooms. great plant!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 4:52PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Beautiful M, I love this plant too.

Folks, hold off and let me see if this seed idea is worth bothering with....

Tom

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 7:45PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

I had some of them. They reseeded readily in every pot in the greenhouse and on the floor.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 7:14PM
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theoj(Z9 FL)

Not much luck with the varigated, but the common plant grows all over the place. I don't think you could kill it. It volunteers freely.
theo

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 4:02PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Sorry if what I said gave the impression the seeds were difficult to grow. My thought at the time was that I didn't why my seeds failed (either in storage or sowing) and was hoping this thread would help. After reading the other anecdotes, sounds like it would do well with winter sowing. Hope it's not one of those annoying types that only wants to sprout where it's not wanted. (wink!)

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 5:36PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

Like I said it shows up everywhere in the greenhouse. Easy to pull out or transplant if you don't want it in everything. They are quite cute when they are flowering. The varigated one is even prettier. I bought one in Melbourne, Fl. years ago and they were charging about 5 bucks for a tiny pot of it.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 10:01PM
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debbiep_gw

Mine reseeds well,the regular and the lime green one

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 10:15PM
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wallisadi

mine must be sterile....:) glad it works for ya. cuttings here, much easier.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 5:22PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

No sprouts yet but I just sprinkled seed in some small containers Sunday 7/29 and have them outside in the shade. Do they need to be pressed into the soil or covered? Anybody know?

Tom

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 7:40PM
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theoj(Z9 FL)

I love this little plant, it has such spirit. A certain little bee hovers around and they take no notice of me as I walk around. I think the seeds just blow in the wind, grow where they want to, but it is not invasive.
There is another slightly bigger plant similar to the Jewels of Opar, but I don't know what it is. I like plants that just 'grow'.
theo

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 8:53PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

Mine was never covered that came up by themselves in the greenhouse, unless watering them disturbed the soil some. The seeds are so tiny I would think that watering would sink them enough. I used to work for a man that would lay his tomato seeds on the seed mix and water them in. It worked well for him.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 9:04PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Looks like the seed is viable, only three of the five came up but the seeds are so small maybe I didn't get them in all the pots....

Tom

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 10:02AM
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wallisadi

i stand corrected, found a bunch of the lime green ones coming up, first year i've had it. variegated one, nothing! have had it in the ground for years, never a one. looks like yours are the lime ones. started twenty five pots of cuttings from the variegated, much quicker than seed, but sterile i presume...:)

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 7:32PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Thanks M, I'll try some cuttings. I just love to watch seeds grow....

Tom

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 6:26PM
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ttjohnson

This is turning out to be one of my favorite plants. I love the lime green color. I'm transplanting it all over my yard.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 1:03AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Nice looking plant!

Speaking of taking cuttings, last fall my plant was in the way of other plants, so I hacked some chunks off of it and left them laying on the ground, where they almost immediately started making roots. I had to put those in the compost.

This year, I've been deadheading old spikes when they become mostly balls of seeds and this plant seems like it's just getting started making serious stalks of blooms. For every one I cut off, 2 more grow. Just wish they were more upright. Kind of a messy-looking plant but the deadheading fixes that for a week or so. The bloom stalks don't attempt to keep growing if left under the plant.

I haven't found any seedlings, which may be due to deadheading but I didn't think I was very strict about it at the end of last year.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 7:43AM
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BillLimer

I have this plant and have some for sell Arlington Tx.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 1:30PM
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