Texas lilac/Chaste tree

c1nicoleiMarch 30, 2014

I purchased a chaste tree from TLC about 2 years ago (for a pretty penny) and have had several self propagate around my property. I however have had little luck with trying to start seeds "intentionally". I was wondering if I am missing a trick with germination that mother nature has taken care of. Please share any suggestions if you have had luck with this plant. I absolutely love all the hummingbirds, butterflies and bumble bees this plant attracts! Last year during Monarch migration there were literally hundreds on my large bushes! I eventually would love to have about 20 along my creek area. IF anyone wants seeds I have hundreds to share. Hope you all have the spring bug like I do. This weekend was a perfect time to get out and get everything ready to GROW! :) Happy gardening.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Lisa_H OK(7)

I would keep scattering seed. I will also them i found one much more reasonably priced at Home Depot after spending a very pretty penny at a nursery :) I bought it too! So now I have three. I love them.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 7:58PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Okiedawn OK Zone 7

I don't know that you're doing anything wrong. After you gather the seed and before you sow it, float the seed in a bowl of water for 24 hours. Discard the ones that float to the top, because they aren't any good. Sow the good seeds in flats or small pots in a good soil-less mix. Keep the mix evenly moist but not sopping wet and not dry. If you keep the plants indoors in room temperatures of 70-75, the seeds will sprout in about 2 weeks. It could take a long as 4 weeks.

Seed of vitex agnus-castus doesn't have a dormancy period, and doesn't have any special stratification needs, so you shouldn't have any trouble getting them to sprout. When I grew them from seed, they sprouted pretty quickly.

I love chaste tree and have one right outside my kitchen window.


    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 9:44PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I started about six last year, doing just like Dawn described. Unfortunately...grasshoppers hit, after I had transplanted them outside. They were gone in two days. :(

Tahlequah, OK

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 7:16AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

George, was that from the vitex seed I sent you? Let me know if you want more and I can try to save some more of the seeds after they bloom. I think I still have your address in my email. I'm happy to hear that they sprouted at least!


    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 3:11PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Yes Heather, they were from your seed. Yes! I'd love to try again!


    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 4:47PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I would LOVE to try and grow them from seed. My email is lacirai@gmail.com

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 9:22PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
check in, all ok? sure was windy and lots of hail
All quiet here now, near NW 14 and Villa. Sure hope,...
Onion question...
I haven't been on here in awhile....I couldn't sign...
First post
This is my first try at posting. Did it work
Tomatoes in Oklahoma: Part I, Varieties/Types
We've been discussing several tomato-related topics...
Okiedawn OK Zone 7
My Onions Are IN, now about snakes...
Thank you, Ms Dawn. Sorry for the late reply to your...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™