July 02, 2015

Tucking in Plants and Seeds when the Weather Is Hot

Yesterday I tucked variegated Spider Plants along the edge of a bed. The well rooted ones looked fine today, the ones without real roots looked pale and wan. Then the rains came and I think they'll be fine.

2007 or 2008? Purple Castor Bean leaves.

It's been years since I planted Castor Beans. I stopped when Buff was a puppy and somehow just never planted them again.

Today I stuck out old seeds into soft ground ahead of the rain. Maybe one or two will sprout.

You know how you research things? You can find any answer you want, if you read enough articles. Most current articles just dismiss old seed as being viable for 2-3 years. Some learned articles from years back found castor bean seed to sometimes be viable for  years. We'll see.  I only need one plant to sprout, to save enough seeds to plant several beds next year.

A seed vendor sent an email today saying it is time to start perennials. I need to do that. Some need starting in flats and I need to scatter seeds in new places. Echinacea can go along the field roads. I gathered some Verbena bonariensis seeds before the rain and cut back Verbena on a Stick for new growth.


4 comments:

outlawgardener said...

Fingers crossed for your castor bean seeds and spider plants. Sounds like you'll be doing a lot of seed scattering soon!

Alison said...

They do make such a lovely big statement in the garden, but it made a lot of sense to stop planting them when you had a puppy. They do tend to try chewing on everything.

Anna K said...

Good luck with your Castor bean seeds. I tried growing one last year, but it languished as I could offer it enough sun or water. Oh well, there is always next year, right? As for seeds, I think it depends a lot on what kind of seed it is. I know they found wheat seeds in some Egyptian burial chambers that sprouted. That kind of longevity (mind you, the seed probably enjoyed ultimate storage conditions) flies in the face of most naysayers. :)

Janie Jurkiewicz said...

Love the leaves...as a newbie, you only think of the flowers initially but then you grow to love the foliage as well...

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