Baptisia alba (White False Indigo) [20 Seeds]
Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they require some patience. It may take several months to see germination, and the plants may take several years to produce their first flowers. They tend to be worth the wait, however, and can live for many years without any special care.
There are a number of different ways you can approach germinating these seeds.
One route I have had good luck with in late winter to midsummer is nicking the seeds with nail clippers, pouring hot (not boiling) water over them, letting them soak for a day or two, and then sowing in very warm conditions.
Another approach is to sow the seeds (about 1/4″ deep) in fall to mid winter. Set them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can germinate when conditions are right in spring.
Some references suggest inoculating baptisia seeds before sowing to enhance germination. I have not found that to be necessary, but I encourage you to do further research to learn about inoculation, and about other germination techniques, if you’re interested.
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White false indigo (Baptisia alba) produces spiky clusters of white flowers in late spring to early summer, followed by gray-black seedpods. The open, branching plants, which typically reach 3 to 4 feet tall in bloom, look equally elegant in a formal border, a naturalistic planting, and a meadow garden. Bumblebees adore the flowers, and the foliage provides food for the larvae of some butterflies. Please be aware that I grow several species and natural hybrids of baptisias here, and though I collect these seeds from a group of B. alba growing off by itself, there’s a possibility that some off-type seedlings may appear. US native. Full sun. Perennial; Zones 3 to 9.
Harvested in mid August 2023. At least 20 seeds. Unknown ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.
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