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Germinating Aristolochia seeds

Posted by madabouteu 8A - central Alabama (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 21, 11 at 11:38

I have just ordered seeds of both tropical and temperate species of Aristolochia and want to maximize germination chances. The temperate species need stratification but i was wondering if a heating mat wpould help the tropical species to germinate. Does anyone have experience with this? The species I am talking about include grandiflora, elegans, and littoralis.

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RE: Germinating Aristolochia seeds

A seed mat will definitely help and might even be necessary this time of year for the tropical aristolochias but with the exception of A. serpentaria I haven't found it necessary to cold stratify the hardier varieties.

RE: Germinating Aristolochia seeds

Thanks, Karyn. The vendor is recommending stratification for the temperate species, so I plan to follow that recommendation! I do have access to a setup with an automatic misting system that will keep the air very humid, so if I can just get the seeds to germinate I should do just fine!

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