Oh NO it is NOT too late to start. Just get a utility knife and cut off a small corner and you will see germination in a week or less! Now is the time. These are not the bulb ones, but they are the Tropical Canas from seeds. Throw them in a pot and they will blossom in 3 months...but I want them blossoming when I plant, so I sow early. I germinated mine in peat pods on a heating pad for a few hours on low every day, BUT you can snip the top of an AG sponge across so the seed can sit inside , set them in a cup with water, and they will germinate for you.But heat helps tremendously.Even setting them in a damp paper towel and putting them on top of a hot water bottle would work.....Hey! if ya ain't got a Maserati , ride a horse! Both will get you there! (cringe, horticulturists, cringe!) And they are perennials...they will come up again next year.(or they are supposed to)I planted some last year and this year will tell. Here is the link: they are quite pricey...you only get 5 in a packet, but they are worth it!. Park also has a promo 1.50 for shipping right now. code SHIP150
Clearly here, they could be one season, planted outside. They're for Zones 7-11. Beautiful though. We have a lot of wild Iris here, and John dug me several plants about 20 years ago, so I have them all over the place. I also love Fireweed, several wild berries and wild Roses, which are plentiful here, so I cultivated those. I planted some hybrid rose bushes out front that can survive subzero last year, and am hopeful they will come back this year. I'm not big anymore on buying plants that are a one season up here, as it's expensive and I feel guilty murdering them. I really "am" a tree hugger. I've literally hugged many a tree in my life. Don't judge, man, lol.
I will be living vicariously through the pictures. Still mourning the large back and front yards that I lost when I sold the house and moved into an apartment. What kind of lights are you keeping them under?
I hope watching Corinne's outdoor projects rubs off on me just a little. I was doing to start some seeds for outdoors (and still may) but I am unsure how my recovery will go and if I will be able to transplant and care for them outside.
This morning I tossed all the Canna Lilies you see in the top post. Again this year they were developing gnats. Don't ask me where they came from, but I was having to add sticky cards a little bit too often and the buggers would never migrate to another plant on the grow shelf, but favored the Cannas. So...out they went. If I could have put them in the ground today I would have. I will not be starting them indoors again. But I would LOVE to know where all those gnats came from. After tossing them, ..not one in sight!. I even tried drying ut the plants..they must have found places deep down in the base of the leaves.
That is such a shame. I wonder if there were any gnat eggs in with the seeds or the grow medium.
I am so sorry this happened
Definitely not the medium because I have been using it on everything for a long time and the Cannas were the only plants that contained them. I think it must have been the seeds, but I have no knowledgeable thoughts about that except a hunch. The though is insane, I know.
Speaking of gnats....here are my Whopper peppers started for the Earthboxes..I have 6 plants in all. and....note the sticky card for 1 very pregnant fungus gnat i had to catch! I am leaving it out there..just in case. I have to keep these peppers plants watered they are soooo thirsty every other day!The moisture attracts gnats.