Thursday, November 1, 2018

New Native Seeds in the Seed Drawers!

Hello Gardeners!

I just filled the seed drawers with lots of new native plant seeds that need new homes.
A few notes on how the native plant seeds are filed:
The seeds are in alphabetical order by SCIENTIFIC name, not common name. One reason for this is a specific plant may have many common names, but only one scientific or Latin name. This prevents confusion. For example, Prairie Onion is also called Cliff Onion, Wild Onion or Autumn Onion.
I have used the newest scientific name for the plant. Many books may have older names, but I have tried to find the newer and more accurate name. For example, Heart Leaved Aster used to be called Aster cordifolius but is now called Symphyotrichum cordifolium. Confusing, I know!
The seed catalog is updated as well, so if you are looking for a specific plant and only know the old name, you can peruse the catalog and you'll hopefully find it. If you have any problems, just let me know.
Also in the seed catalog is germination recommendations. Look at this closely as many native plants need 30, 60, 90 or more days of moist cold stratification before planting. One plant, Solomon's Seal needs a cold moist period followed by a warm moist period, followed by another cold moist period, in other words 2 years before it will germinate! If you succeed with these seeds let me know!

I will be talking about several methods to start native plant seeds at the Saturday Nov 3 talk at Cedar Creek and the Seed Talk at the Library on Tues Nov 13. See previous post for details.
Come check out the seed library and help some native plants find a forever home!

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