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Red ocotillo from seed

Posted by clysta 8 ( on
Wed, Aug 23, 06 at 3:50

Has anyone ever started a Red ocotillo from seed? The seeds were easy enough to gather, but I have no idea how long it takes for them break the soil surface. It seems as though they should have done so by now.
Thank you!

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: from seed

Oops! I meant a red yucca.

RE: Red ocotillo from seed

Did you scratch or pre-soak the seeds?

RE: Red ocotillo from seed

Hey, good question. I just gathered some seeds from my red yucca. I am a very novice gardener, just approaching my 1 year anniversery.

Anyone feel up to giving detailed instructions on how to use these seeds?

RE: Red yucca from seed

I didn't think to pre-soak or scratch seeds. However, I am keeping them extremely moist in potting soil.

RE: Red ocotillo from seed

One on my seeds/plants broke the soil surface today. It has had little direct sun since it is so hot here that I have kept them on my patio. Transplanting is not recommended here until at least September.

Found on another web site=
Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

RE: Red ocotillo from seed

Thanks to another member for the following:
Growing Hesperaloe parviflora is pretty easy from seed. You probably will have better luck if you can plant more than four seeds at a time. Use a light, well draining propagation mix, sow the seeds about 1/4" deep. Germination takes about 2-4 weeks and is quicker if you keep the soil warm about 80F. Seedlings will take about 3 years to reach blooming size.
Hesperaloe form deeply rooted rhyzomes so asexuall reproduction can be a bit of a chore. Probably the easiest way is to by a large container grown plant, wash off the soil and cut the rhyzomes apart using a shharp knife. Let the new cuts suberize for a few days before planting in a well drained mix. Water sparingly.

Seed propagation is the way that most nurseries propagate hesperaloe. The exceptions are the yellow form of H. parviflora and the H. Parviflora x h. funifera hybrid which are micropropagated.

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