Bill Carter, Washington

question how do you germinate daffodil seeds

March 3, 2011
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Categories: Growing Daffodils, Hybridizing, Planting, Pots, Seeds, Soil

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I’ve been trying for 4 years now in WA state.

 

1st 3 years have been a bust.

 

I have tried 2” pots, and 4” pots.  Plant about ½” -1” deep in a soilless mix as well as soil..

I have done some in a cold basement, outside, and in an unheated green house

 

Outside ones froze – poor luck

One in soil got moss which may be a problem.

Basement spouted but did not come back the 2nd year.

 

This year I used 4” pots, a mix with peat moss and Perlite.  Planted 1” deep and put in an unheated greenhouse.  It got down to 17 °F outside.

Planted in Fall.  Watered and left outside until it started getting cold.  Brought flats into the greenhouse.

 

Early Feb they started sprouting.  Planted over 1,000 seeds, have over 650 sprouts this year.  1-50 seeds per 4” pot.  Right now I have about a 65% germination rate.  I will baby these plant this year and will use a liquid fertilizer.  I think getting past the 2nd year is a challenge.  

 

 

Bill Carter

Process Manager
Anvil Corp (Building B upstairs)
(360) 937-0804 (or ext 3804 for internal use)

 


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2 responses to “question how do you germinate daffodil seeds”

  1. Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio Mary Lou Gripshover says:
    I agree with you on that!
    Mary Lou
     I think getting past the 2nd year is a challenge.  

     

     

    Bill Carter

    Process Manager
    Anvil Corp (Building B upstairs)
    (360) 937-0804 (or ext 3804 for internal use)

     



  2. Donna Dietsch says:
    Bill,
    Congratulations Bill.  I hope there are some really good ones in those 650.  A bit of fertilizer now and possibly in the fall should do it.  this should give the other fellow some encouragement.  My first two years were a bust, too.
    Donna Dietsch