|Four O'Clock seeds, germinating|
|Four O'Clock germinating seed, planting in container.|
|Four O'Clock Seedling|
I pre-soaked both batches of seeds in water, overnight.
This time, I presoaked in water overnight, on seed warming mat. The I rinsed, and folded the soaked seeds into a moist paper towel, placed into zip-lock bag, and incubated a few days on seed starting warming mat. Every day I check. So far, of the 8 seeds, five have germinated. One is too small to transfer. I transferred the two that looked most vigorous, into growth medium.
Now to see if they continue to grow. Since Four O'Clocks have a deep tap root, I planted in tall containers. Plastic juice cans I use for fig cuttings.
I fill the juice cans about 2/3 full with organic potting mix, and top with about 1 inch of sterile seed medium. That way they can grow into the soil without a transplanting.
This one was firmly attached to paper towel, so I tore off most of the loose wet paper towel but did not try to completely remove it.
Once growing, the cotyledons continue to expand to quite a large size. This was one of the first to germinate. I dropped the plant. The photo is after repotting. Doesn't look too injured.
So far growing them under lights. Some instructions state start 4 to 6 weeks before last expected frost.