- 100% germination (YES!!! I’m sure soaking the seeds for more than 12 hours made the difference)
- Leaves are appearing!
I’m squealing with delight!!!
I soaked my desert rose seeds for about 24 hours as the video I’m following recommended and planted them in Schultz seed starting mix with perlite. It was mostly a 50-50 mix to ensure good drainage, but I may have added an extra handful of seed starting mix; when I watered the soil before I added the seeds it didn’t drain as quickly as it should have. And I still planted the seeds!
Since planting the seeds in less than adequately draining soil, I’ve been stressing over whether or not the seedlings would get root rot before I’m able to transplant them (the video mentioned doing this when the plants have 6 leaves).
Within 1 to 2 days, the seeds sprouted!!! At this point (about 3 days later) 6 out of 9 seeds have germinated, as far as I can see.
I don’t usually order seeds online but I really wanted a desert rose. I was seeing so many beautiful ones being posted on my Facebook gardening groups that I started looking into where I could get one of my own.
I discovered they would be available in Ontario in April, but I haven’t seen any in the flower shops that I go to and I asked at my local and they don’t get them. So I asked my friend who was putting in an order on Amazon to add it for me.
They arrived last week and now I’m a bit nervous that they won’t germinate. I think this stems from the fact that my friend ordered them for me, forged payment, and I promised her one of plants . The seller had a perfect germination rate until recently (I was nervous before I read this). Hope that’s not a bad sign.
I’ve started watching a few videos and reading a few articles. Both reinforced that the key to successful germination is using fresh seeds. So I should plant them asap.