Barnardia japonica (Japanese Jacinth) [15 Seeds]

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Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-sowers only, because they may require patience while waiting for germination and then while waiting for them to reach flowering size. There isn’t a great deal of information about germinating Japanese jacinth, but I have had good results by sowing 1/4 inch deep in fall to mid winter and setting the pot outside, in a spot protected from mice, to germinate when conditions are right in spring. (Seeds I sowed on February 14 and then set outside started to sprout on April 10.) I have also had luck starting them indoors, in warm conditions under lights. (Seeds I sowed on March 12 started to sprout on April 1.) Plant the whole pot of seedlings into a holding bed and leave them there for a couple of years before moving the bulbs to the garden.

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Japanese jacinth (Barnardia japonica; also known as Barnardia scilloides and Scilla scilloides) belongs to that special group of bulbs that bloom in late summer, like surprise lilies (Lycoris squamigera). I have read reports of its leaves appearing in spring and then disappearing before bloom time. Here in my Pennsylvania garden, that’s true of seedlings, but established clumps usually send up their leaves in late July to early August, followed quickly by leafless, upright stems topped with clusters of small, pink blooms. As new flowers continue to open through the month, the stems continue to elongate, eventually topping out at about 10 inches tall. The seeds mature in September to October, after the leaves die back. Full sun to light shade. Zones 6 (at least) to 9, reportedly. It may tolerate colder areas but isn’t widely grown, so there isn’t much data on its performance in those areas.

Collected in mid October 2023. At least 15 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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