Seed are germinating; and cuttings are rooting. I try to finish my propagation before the end of winter. Some seed appreciate the last bit of chill to maintain their schedule. Some cuttings prefer to start their rooting process while still dormant, so that they are ready to grow by spring. The last and most important of these six pictures is irrelevant to cuttings and seed though. Only the names of those involved are relevant to horticulture; and half of that relevance is merely, although amusingly, coincidental. It will be interesting to see how many can answer the question presented with the last picture. It was difficult to get a reasonably clear picture, and after all the effort, the clarity may not help much.

1. Esperanza seed from Crazy Green Thumbs is finally germinating! Poinciana seed that came with them are still inactive. My rush to sow them prior to spring seems unfounded.

2. Poinciana seed of another kind and from another source is germinating though. Brent thought that I got royal poinciana seed. Rather than disappoint, I procured a few online.

3. Canna seed germination is a surprise. These seed were discarded runts from pods that were still green when deadheaded. I saw them growing from the trash and canned them.

4. Red passion flower vine was a runt also. None of a few other cuttings that got plugged properly took root. This one was too dinky, so was left in its jar of water, where it rooted.

5. Angel’s trumpet cuttings are growing like the red passion flower cuttings should have. They were scraps from pruned out frost damage. Many appeared dead prior to plugging.

6. Lily and Rhody are nearly indistinguishable as they frolic. Their genders are opposite, and their faces are distinct, but they scamper too fast to discern. Can you identify them?

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    1. Apparently, Lily and Rhody are not so difficult to distinguish. That is Rhody on the left. Lily is slightly fluffier on top.
      Fancier hybrids of Canna do not produce many viable seed, or may not produce seed at all. The more basic species produce quite a bit of seed. That works well for those of us who want to grow it as a vegetable.

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    1. Yes, Rhody is on the left. Lily, on the right is slightly fluffier on top. The tails are the same though. Hers just seems fluffier because it is wagging and blurred in the picture.
      I suspect that more esperanza seed will germinate now that the weather is getting warmer, and might stay a bit warmer at night. I really should have waited to put them out. I will watch them though.

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  1. It must take a lot of patience to grow Canna from seed. Will they flower this year? I couldn’t tell which was Rhody – they are both lovely dogs and both sweet!

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    1. I do not know how long it takes for cannas to bloom because I have never grown them from seed before. I only divide them to get genetically identical copies. I will grow more from seed because these should be somewhat true to type in regard to form. (Floral color and foliar color could be variable.)
      Rhody is on the left. Lilly is fluffier on top. Other pictures are even more baffling.

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  2. I’m impressed by the canna from seed. They are not supposed to be hardy here in winter, but we left ours in the ground, unprotected, and lo and behold they are showing shoots now. Bothered by black aphid though in the new leaves. Rhody, as always is so cute.

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    1. Cannas grow in abandoned landscapes in Oklahoma! Wow! I was surprised. I got seed from some. Of course, tropical species or hybrids of such species are more sensitive to frost than those that are not tropical. I do not normally grow them from seed because they are so easy to divide.


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