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Starting Iochroma from Seed

By John Curran

The seedpods of Iochroma are a woody berries, each containing several tiny pale oval seeds.

If the berry is dry, it will be necessary to soak it overnight to loosen the seeds; the pulp will become gummy. If the berry is still moist, the seeds can be rubbed out without soaking.

For best germination, the seeds will need to be ripe, but not too old.

The seeds should be barely pressed into a moist and porous seed-starting mixture, as they need light---but not full sun--- to sprout. Fluorescent lights are ideal. Bottom heat may be beneficial; germination occurs at about 65-75 degrees F. The seed flat should be covered to maintain high humidity, then gradually removed as the seeds sprout. Enclosing the seed tray in a plastic bag will suffice.

Under ideal conditions, germination may be quite rapid, in about a week or less. At other times, it could take 3-4 weeks or even longer. Patience may be required!


# dee
Sunday, May 02, 2010 12:51 AM
The instructions are very easy to follow and seem like a most rewarding experience. Who sells this type of seed?, Thanks


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