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Q.Farfugium Japonicum Gigantea Seeds How to plant?

Zone Madras Oregon | bjmccary added on July 21, 2019 | Answered

I have seeds for the above plant. There is an almost fan on one end and a small stem on the other. How do you plant these seeds? Which end in soil? I am assuming the fan end goes in soil and I understand the compost and peat moss should be added? Should they be started in a greenhouse first then transplanted? Houseplant?

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Answered on July 22, 2019

These plants are relatively easy to start from seed, and since you are within their hardiness range it will likely self seed after the first year.

If you want to give it the best chance, then start the seed in container several weeks before the last frost and leave them outside. They need a cold period to break dormancy, so this will help.

Alternatively, you can place them in the refrigerator for several weeks prior to planting.

Outside of this, seed care is minimal. Plant the seed sideways, and cover with a thin layer of soil. Just keep the soil slightly moist with a slight dry out period in between.

Each year, add fresh compost if needed. This article will offer more information on the plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/ligularia/leopard-plant-care.htm

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