Germination Guide

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Silene 'Robin White Breast'

4

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene acaulis

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene alpestris

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene alpestris 'Ice Cups'

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene argaea

B

Sow @ 20°C. If seed does not germinate within 3 months, try 4°C for 1-2 months, then 20°C again.
Silene armena

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene armeria

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.

3

Requires light or the small seeds should be surface sown. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgkXUSI1GWo&index=1&list=UUJfYCNSWCIuOB2...
Silene asterias

B

Sow @ 20°C. If seed does not germinate within 3 months, try 4°C for 1-2 months, then 20°C again.
Silene atropurpurea

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.

3

Requires light or the small seeds should be surface sown. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgkXUSI1GWo&index=1&list=UUJfYCNSWCIuOB2...

4

Silene baschkirorum

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene borderei

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene caespitosa

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene caroliniana

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene caucasica

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene chalcedonica

3

Requires light or the small seeds should be surface sown. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgkXUSI1GWo&index=1&list=UUJfYCNSWCIuOB2...

4

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene ciliata

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene coeli-rosa

B

Sow @ 20°C. If seed does not germinate within 3 months, try 4°C for 1-2 months, then 20°C again.
Silene compacta

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene coronaria

3

Requires light or the small seeds should be surface sown. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgkXUSI1GWo&index=1&list=UUJfYCNSWCIuOB2...

4

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene davidii

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene delavayi

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene dinarica

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene dioica

D

Use repeated cycles of 20°C, then 4°C for 3 months each. Germination is very prolonged.
Silene douglasii

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene elisabethae

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene fimbriata

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene flos-jovis

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene foliosa

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene glauca

K

Sow @ 10°C. Most species for which we suggest this temperature will also germinate at 20°C, but prefer the cooler temperature for sturdy growth.
Silene glaucifolia

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene grayi

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene involucrata

L

Give sown seeds several weeks @ 20°C to imbibe water (perhaps even germinate!), then expose to fluctuating outdoor winter temperatures including freezing for 3 months. Gradually increase light and temperature in spring. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO_KKbGYTEM

Silene italica

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene jenisseensis

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene keiskei

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene maritima

4

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene nutans

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene orientalis

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene parryi

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene pendula 'Compacta'

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.

2

Requires darkness.
Silene pendula 'Peach Blossom'

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.

2

Requires darkness.
Silene petersonii

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene polaris

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene purpurata

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene regia

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene repens v. angustifolia

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene ruprechtii

?

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A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene samojedorum

2

Requires darkness.

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene saxifraga

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene schafta

!

Sow immediately. The viability of these seeds is short or the species propagates best with fresh seed. Stored seed might be coaxed into germination with temperature cycling and patience.

*

This species needs special care as described.

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
very poor germination after dry storage
Silene schafta 'Splendens'

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.

*

This species needs special care as described.
very poor germination after dry storage
Silene secundiflora

*

This species needs special care as described.

K

Sow @ 10°C. Most species for which we suggest this temperature will also germinate at 20°C, but prefer the cooler temperature for sturdy growth.
sow in autumn - optimal temp is 17° C
Silene sibirica

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene sieboldii

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene sp.

*

This species needs special care as described.

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
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Silene tatarica

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene tatjanae

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene uniflora

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.

4

Silene uniflora 'Compacta'

4

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.
Silene uniflora 'Rosea'

4

A

Sow @ 20°C. Seed germinates within 3 months.