Yesterday I gave you a sneak peek at one of my favorite perennials that I decided to try and grow from seed this year, the heuchera! The seeds came from our corner shade garden which contains a small variety of heucheras like ‘Palace Purple’, ‘Mocha’, ‘Melting Fire’, ‘Fireworks’, and a heucherella named ‘Stoplight.’ Even in the winter they keep great foliage on display. Most heucheras are vegetatively propagated through division (which I’ll be doing this spring) but some come true from seed like ‘Palace Purple’. Truthfully I wouldn’t mind seeing some unique variations in colors but what ever grows from our open pollinated heucheras will be fun to watch grow.
We have several other plants growing in our seed starting area. Here’s a look at the progress they have made.
In this batch we have dianthus (in the back), some larkspur and some lavender. I really need to begin the transplant process for the dianthus soon, there are just too many in each peat pellet. Yes those are yogurt cups in the back, in my world everything that holds dirt can be a container! Besides, most of those yogurt cups can’t be recycled so this is a good way to get another use out of them. I use them in the propagation of cuttings as well as for seed starting.
I’ll have more updates in the future on these seeds. It’s time to start a few more. Only 52 more days until the safe planting date!