We pot native shrub seedlings into tube-style pots that are designed with internal ridges running the length of the tube. Zone: 8-10. Sometimes I get such a definitely positive response to one pre-treatment method, that it becomes the one I’ll always use—like soaking toyon seeds for just one hour before sowing. California’s Native Cornucopia: Plentiful Food for the Birds. Non-Profit. Collecting seeds over a number of days or weeks also increases the genetic variability. Annual flowers that are confusingly referred to interchangably as Clarkia or Godetia, and even Eucharidium. Flowering will be reduced in hot weather. My approach is to identify the Clarkia species in the field and then return later to collect the seeds. Crowding Clarkia plants may increase flower production. If absolutely necessary, sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost in peat pots topped with vermiculite under very bright light, with good ventilation at 12-21°C (55-70°), watering only from below. FAST FACTS. Early-blooming wildflowers like phacelias go to seed by late April when the days get warmer, as does miner’s lettuce. Clarkia may self-sow. Finches usually eat seeds while they’re still on the plant. Photo: William Follette, Stands of ruby chalice clarkia seeds, ready for harvest. Thin to 15-23cm (6-9″) apart. Photo: William Follette, My Home Ground: Gardening in Harmony with Nature, Our Story: Friends of Home Ground Habitats. Clarkia is so susceptible to damping off that sowing indoors is not practical. When I’m collecting seed, I keep this little mantra in mind: If you see more than ten fruits on a plant, take only one in ten. If you see nine, take none. Photo: Pete Veilleux, Hooker’s evening primrose in bloom. Landscaper Collect the ripe pods and spread them out away from direct sunlight to dry completely. Please create account through ##customer_email## email. First they are food for all sorts of insects and other invertebrates, for birds and rodents and other mammals. Clarkia seeds can be sown straight in to the ground where they are going to grow, so make sure the space you are going to sow is weed free, by using a trowel to remove the weeds. Commercial Grower The rows should be spaced about 15cm apart. Avoid nitrogen-rich beds and planting beside nitrogen fixers (beans, peas, clover, lupins…). Direct seed - As soon as the soil can be worked. Late summer is the peak season. Collected seeds are temporarily stored in open containers all over my house, until they are thoroughly dry. Two months later these seedlings are well developed, about 2 to 3 inches tall, with “true” leaves fully formed, and easy to transplant. That same day we transplant the seedlings into 4” pots, let them recover for a few days in the shade after transplanting, and then grow them on in a sunny, protected location. Thin to 15-23cm (6-9″) apart. If absolutely necessary, sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost in peat pots topped with vermiculite under very bright light, with good ventilation at 12-21°C (55-70°), watering only from below. Season & Zone Common Names: Elegant Fairyfan. Depending on what seeds you’re collecting, the growing and seed harvesting season begins in March and ends in fall. Exposure: Full sun PO Box 592 Birds are messy eaters, so much seed is scattered on the ground where birds like towhees, juncos and golden-crowned sparrows forage. Then I clean and package the seed in the evenings or on rainy days, when it’s not possible to work in the garden. Latin Name: Clarkia unguiculata. Garden Centre/Nursery It makes me think about all the different functions that seeds serve. While they’re foraging with the typical sparrow “double-scratch” method, the seed that is not eaten is scratched into the ground, ready to germinate as soon as the rainy season starts. Direct sow outdoors after last frost – mid-March on the coast, and twice again at two week intervals for a nice, long bloom period. Thin to 6-12" once seedlings have first true leaves. What type of gardener are you? Novato, CA 94948 Seeds may absorb moisture, swell and crack, which damages the ability to properly germinate. Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon (Timber Press, 2005) is a very useful and interesting book for those of us who are learning about botany as we garden. The seedlings stay under shade for several months, and as they get potted up to larger style tubes, and eventually to tree-pots, they also get more and more exposure to direct sunlight. There’s some predation, since voles and sparrows like to eat greens, so the patches get thinned out a bit but still, hundreds of seedlings survive. Store the seed in a cool, dry place. I’ve watched little goldfinches moving up and down the stems of clarkias and yellow evening primrose (Oenothera elata ssp. Timing Rake the soil to a fine tilth (a fine, crumbly top) and make some drills 5mm deep. Most often, I’m working with seeds that were collected last year, and at the same time I’m doing a lot of seed collecting. I collect only from plants with prolific seed set, and then take only small amounts of seed from a number of different plants of the same species. As a propagator, I often try different approaches to germinating seeds of certain species. Then I clean and package the seed in the evenings or on rainy days, when it’s not possible to work in the garden. This encourages roots to grow long and fairly straight, and helps to prevent roots from circling and eventually strangling themselves. Growing Information, Tips, New Products and Updates, right to your inbox. I’m picking handfuls of bright red, mature berries and contained within each berry will be one or more seeds. Delicate hair roots can die within minutes when exposed to air, and if the stem is crushed or damaged the lifeline is destroyed, and the seedling will not survive. Summer is a time for starting perennials and some shrubs from seed. Home Gardener The most important things to be aware of when working with these delicate seedlings: cover roots quickly with soil, and always handle them by their leaves, not the stems. Copyright 2020 Home Ground Habitats. 415-299-9244info@homegroundhabitats.org. By the time the rains start, I’ve finished with most of the seed collecting for the year; in many species seeds mature as the seed pods dry, and so collection is done only during dry weather. The cotyledon leaves are easy to identify with reddish tones to the stems and mid-ribs. Gently press seeds into soil, covering with 1/16" soil. Farmer Home Ground Habitats The only seed I still collect once the rainy season has begun is from toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia). Plant Clarkia in cool, moist ,well-drained soil. Using simple tools and a set of graduated sieves, the seeds are separated from their pods, capsules, follicles, siliques, or schizocarps. Collecting seeds over a number of days or weeks also increases the genetic variability. I won’t bother with a hot coffee soak of these seeds again. Seeds also ensure the survival and genetic diversity of a plant species, and some portion of seeds produced each year may lie dormant, hidden or camouflaged for many years as insurance against bad years for a particular species. So, although we start a lot of annual wildflowers from seed under controlled conditions in the greenhouse, we also simply transplant a lot of seedlings that I dig out of my garden. Within a week after the first rain in October, dense patches of tiny seedlings are evident all over my garden. -Select an option- SIGN UP FOR NEWS about our workshops and volunteer opportunities. Collect in dry weather – not immediately after a rain Use paper, not plastic, to put your seeds in (because paper wicks away moisture) Check for insects, which can destroy your collected seeds Don’t over-collect, leave some for wildlife and to naturalize, and do no harm. Collected seeds are temporarily stored in open containers all over my house, until they are thoroughly dry. I actually start collecting some seed in late spring. I’ve got stands of different clarkia species to collect from, and I’ll be checking the seed development of the native salvias. We believe that Clarkia is correct. Elementary/High School The seeds are easy to collect in their wild places because the seeds are held within their capsules rather than dehiscing explosively like the CA poppy. Collect seeds from plants before frost or it rains. Using a hori-hori knife, I can gently tease the seedlings out of my beds and gravel pathways with root systems intact. 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