Germinating Echium gentianoides seeds

Echium gentianoides


Use individual, small pots for each seed.  Soak the seeds in water overnight, then plant 1/4" deep (1/2 cm) in a mix of 1 part potting soil, 1 part perlite or pumice, and 1 part coarse sand. Water until evenly moist.  Keep at about 66-74F (18-23C) in a bright spot.  Ensure that the soil surface doesn't dry out.

Most of the seeds should sprout in 1 to 2 months, but allow up to 4 months for any slow ones, especially in cooler temperatures. Give some sun when they sprout, but shade them strong afternoon sun initially. Increase the sun exposure as they grow more leaves.

Echiums are very sensitive to root disturbances, so avoid letting the soil ball break apart when transplanting (watering it first helps).  Reduce the sun exposure for 2 weeks after repotting.

More cultivation tips for this plant are here.


Good luck!


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