I’ve started to put together a list with species easy to grow from seeds as a way to provide info and encouragement to those who are at the beginning of their seeds adventures. The list will see additions as we go and every update will also include a plant portrait.
Let’s begin with Edraianthus graminifolius; yeah, I am not starting with A, just because I don’t feel like it :)
Edraianthus graminifolius – grassy bells belongs to the Campanula family and like its name suggests, has linear, grassy-looking leaves and large, blue flowers, in terminal clusters in May-June. The foliage remains tight and low at about 15 cm but the flowering stems are spreading/trailing so it needs its space ;)
An absolutely delightful and easy going plant, as long as grown in full sun/well drained locations. You don’t really need a rock garden for it; just keep in mind its growth habit and place it in a suitable spot.
Growing for the first time from seeds, or just want something fast and easy? Try something from the list below. ‘Easy to grow from seeds’ means:
– easy to germinate & in large percentage
– seedlings that aren’t fussy to grow
– also, easy going plants in the garden, as long as provided with the required conditions.
I will avoid the so called two-stage germinators (although all you have to do is wait) or others that I never germinate/grow myself, species with naturally low germination rates, cases where the seedlings need special care or the ones I’m not quite sure about.
Easy species to grow from seeds from BotanyCa 2017 Seed list (list to be updated; other species not available currently will be included)
Aquilegia bertolonii, A. canadensis and all others
Anemone multifida var. saxicola
Asarum canadense (sown fresh or moist kept seeds)
Asarum europaeum (sown fresh or moist kept seeds)
C. orientalis, and other Centaurea spp.
Cerastium alpinum ssp. lanatum
Corydalis lutea (moist kept seeds)
Corydalis solida (when sown right away or moist kept seeds)
Dianthus superbus ssp. sajanensis, other Dianthus spp.
G. tibetica, other spp. from Cruciata section
Geum triflorum. other Geum spp.
Lilium formosanum var.pricei
Podophyllum peltatum (moist kept)
Primula japonica and other Primula spp. (not all)
Scabiosa caucasica, other Scabiosa spp.
Stylophorum diphyllum (moist kept species)
Thalictrum cf. foetidum
Viola – most species