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12 March 2011 15:20:31
Leontochir ovallei

Leontochir ovallei

I have been trying a few unusual seeds this year, including Leontochir ovallei. These seeds, sown on 27th January, need 10-14º to germinate so I put the pot in my 'cold room'.

But because the Leontochir was the only pot of seeds in the cold room, I must admit that I forgot to check them every day. This morning I was delighted to see that a single seedling had emerged. Obviously it had been up a few days as it was quite tall. So I removed the plastic. 

But when I went back to check my precious seedling about an hour later,  I was disgusted to see that the stem was broken. I guess the seedling had grown too soft in the moisture under the plastic to support its own weight. What a shame! I've resealed the bag in the hope that other seeds may also germinate but I am raging with myself!

So, the moral of that story is to check your seeds EVERY DAY and over the top and remove from the heat as soon as seedlings emerge.

But, on the bright side, two lots of the 'mixed Andean bulb seeds' have now germinated for me - Rhodophiala and Pastithea!

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fran m fran m 12 March 2011 15:23:49

That's a pity, hope the rest come on now.

TrishaP TrishaP 12 March 2011 15:34:43

I can understand your frustration. My tomatoes were doing nicely until I transplanted them - too soon. I brought them out to the tunnel and next day they were dead as maggots.  I too was disgusted but have sown more now and will see what happens Its called trial and error!!

fraoch fraoch 12 March 2011 19:10:30

That's a shame, Rachel. I know if I put things in the spare bedroom I forget all about them. Hope some of the other seeds will come on for you.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 March 2011 19:11:22

You win some, and lose some. I'm sure lots more will appear.

rosburke rosburke 12 March 2011 19:59:06

so disappointing, hope the others come alsong soon for you.

Myrtle Myrtle 12 March 2011 21:32:38

Hope you will have more soon. I had Dylan here today and he wanted to put the lid over my couple of cosmos seed in the propagator. I had to try to tell him that they were too tall and they would get squashed!

Keego Keego 12 March 2011 23:01:29

Very disappointing Rachel especially as it was one of the more unusual one's try again it it worked once they will come again for you

Lìga Lìga 13 March 2011 10:43:41

Ah,,,what a shame,,so beautiful plant could grow ,,,sorry for that Rachel,i hope there is more seeds,and you will get some more seedlings.

Rachel Rachel 13 March 2011 11:32:10

Sorry about your tomatoes, Trish., I really must sow some myself!

Myrtle, Dylan sounds dangerous!

I keep the plastic on to keep the moisture in, Liga. I even do this when I put seeds in the greenhouse. Like Fraoch I am likely to forget to water seeds. 

Lìga Lìga 13 March 2011 12:03:55

My cold 'lovers'is greenhouse,no plastic bags.Is so cool that they not drying out to fast.

Raul Raul 20 July 2013 04:06:33


como ha estado usted y su Leontochir?

muy atentamente,



desde Chile

Rachel Rachel 20 July 2013 09:24:12

Hola Raúl, yo no hablo español, así que estoy utilizando Google Translate para responder a usted. Por desgracia, mi Leontochir murió. Tengo que intentarlo de nuevo con semillas en otro momento. Gracias por su interés.

Raul Raul 21 July 2013 04:45:03


that sad news!

Leontochir is endangered.

I wish you luck on your next attempt! Thanks for trying to grow this beautiful chilean and unique species!





by google translate!  :)

Rachel Rachel 21 July 2013 10:26:19

Gracias, Raúl.


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