Clitoria ternatea Seed Germination
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Dorothy Yarema
Posted on: March 29, 2003

I received my order from you recently and have planted all the seeds. All are doing extremely well... except the Clitoria ternatea . From the 11 seeds, I have currently 2 that have germinated. The seeds were initially soaked for 3-4 hr., placed in a seedling mix, lightly covered with mix and grit, then placed in a covered seedling tray. The tray was opened at intervals when the condensation got heavy. The tray had bottom heat set to 65 -70 degrees F. What did I do wrong?

According to Norman C. Deno, in his "First Supplement to the Second Edition of Seed Germination Theory and Practice", Clitoria ternalis, the seed will germinate close to 100% in 3 to 5 days at 70 degrees Fahrenheit if the seeds are punctured. If they are not punctured, you can get 75% germination in 5 to 12 days, by keeping the seed tray in the dark. Since the seeds are already planted, I would suggest that you put a doubled up black garbage bag over the tray and hope that some more seeds will come up. You should get enough seedlings for your household needs.

If you continue to have poor success after trying these steps, please contact our customer service department.

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