These are rather big seeds that are difficult to germinate; they need to be pre-treated. Here is how I sowed the seeds and I prayed to God that it was the right way to do and that the seeds would germinate in a few days time. They did:
1.Soak the seeds in warm water (30C) overnight
2.Spread the soaked seeds on a wet kitchen towel and leave the seeds to germinate
3.Wait with patience
4.Once seeds germinate (took 6-7 days), pot them up with potting compost and water in well
André Troylilas wrote:So... How did it end?
Did any of you manage to get them sprouting?
cesca beamish wrote:How resilient have you found your Toona to be? i have read that it resists insect damage? What about slugs and snails?
I have a seedling from this spring's sowing that is now 3' tall and I'm itching to plant it out.( I do have one other seedling that is half that size if it dies!) I feel if I plant it now it should have time to get its roots in before winter. I'm in the UK , usda 8 and we're having a wet, cool summer. But I could keep it in the polytunnel until after spring frosts if its wiser!
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed germinates better if given a 3 month cold stratification. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer and consider giving them some protection from the cold in their first winter outdoors. Root cuttings, 4 - 5cm long, taken in December and potted up horizontally in pots in a greenhouse.
William Bronson wrote: So Craig, do you like how it tastes? How are you using the leaves?