The backlog of unsown seeds in my refrigerator and elsewhere in the house makes me no different from any other gardener, I suppose, but I don’t have the seeds of the plants I want now.
A personal law of mine, which I follow from time to time, says I may not purchase more seeds until I have planted the ones I have. Now is one of those times: I deeply want primula seeds, but I haven’t finished sowing my cyclamen yet.
Continuing with my unscientific experiment of propagating cyclamen from seed:
Cyclamen propagation: Presoaking method
Cyclamen have a hard seed coat. Softening the seed coat by presoaking the seeds is said to expedite germination.
- Soak the seeds for 12 hours in warm water. Rinse the seeds, and sow into pots.
- Cover the seeds with a thin layer of sand or vermiculite, then add a layer of grit or gravel (I’m using chicken grit).
- Water well.
- Exclude light: I’m further covering these pots with black plastic, just in case the layer of grit isn’t enough.
- Keep the pots cool: They should remain between 60-69° F (16-21° C).
- Check back periodically. Germination may take 30-60 days.