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    Smile Cephalotus follicularis From Seed

    How difficult are these to grow from seed and would anyone recommend against it and why? Thinking about buying a few packs of seed and would like to know the pros and cons vs buying a plant. Thanks!

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    I like the idea of growing Cephalotus from seed, but from what I know, it is hard. Mature Cephalotus are hard enough. Problems are fungus, mold, bugs, sun and humidity. I am not saying that it is not impossible to grow it from seed. However growing Cephalotus seed is quite rewarding. How many and how expensive are the seeds? it could be a good idea if the seeds are reasonably priced.
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    Seeds are $6 for 10. I was planning on grabbing a few packs. From what i've read they need 3-4 months cold stratification then can take months to germinate afterwards. Does this sound right? These CPs just really stand out to me for some reason. Love to have a terrarium full of them one day.

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    That sounds a bit cheap. You should try it.

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    Is the quality good?
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    Probably will. Thanks for the response!

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    You are welcome, PM me if you have more questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dionae View Post
    Seeds are $6 for 10. I was planning on grabbing a few packs. From what i've read they need 3-4 months cold stratification then can take months to germinate afterwards. Does this sound right?
    I get some seeds from my Cephs every year and one year I planted a few that I had left over. I got a bit better than 50% germination iirc. I've given away all but two of the offspring. Some thoughts:

    - patience - lots of it. They grow slowly (my growlist has a few early pics)
    - fresh seeds - while I have no direct experience, it 'seems' to be common knowledge that the seeds lose their viability quickly.
    - cold stratification - some do it, some don't. Based on their home environment, I saw no need & just planted them.
    - I would check with this guy for any advice he may have.
    - many sources of seed sell old seed that is no longer viable (although they will never admit it). The guy on eBay who says that 6 month old U. nelumbifolia seed is 'fresh' has no credibility

    Best of luck - seed grown plants are a great way to get new variations (ie: 'Eden Black')
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    Thank you very much RL7836. The link was very useful as were the tips. I know i'm taking a chance buying ebay seeds but, i'm sure you know, they're hard to find. I'll prob grab a few packs to up my chances. One of the main reasons I want to start from seed is variation so hopefully I can get them germed and find something special. Thanks again!

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