Chocolate buttons and growing wisteria from seed
Dark, milk or white chocolate? If I had to choose one it would probably be dark chocolate, although I do have a real weakness for milk chocolate buttons.
Last winter, at an end of term gardening club session, I was given a small paper bag containing what looked like chocolate buttons. I got all excited thinking they were an end of term treat, but on closer inspection it became obvious that they were actually seeds.
Despite having studied seed identification as part of one of the RHS exams, I have to confess Id never seen seeds like them before. They were donated by someones grandmother and were described as coming from a big climbing plant with purple flowers. I guessed wisteria and a quick google confirmed this.
The seeds remained in the school shed over the winter and Id forgotten about them until I stumbled across them just before the Easter holidays. I brought them home thinking Id attempt to grow some of them, as I had a suspicion they might be quite difficult to germinate.
I know that if you buy a wisteria plant, chances are that it will have been grafted rather than raised from seed, as the latter can reputedly take up to 20 years to flower. And I know that any outdoor plants resulting from this particular seed might not have the same characteristics as the (unknown) parent plant. But I figured that the educational aspects of germinating seed harvested from someones garden would outweigh these negatives.
And as it turned out, they were remarkably easy to germinate. Following a bit of research, I nicked the seed coats with a sharp knife, taking care not to damage the seeds within, and soaked them in water overnight.
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I planted them individually in some old yogurt pots using multi-purpose compost, and popped them in a heated propagator (although covering the pots with plastic bags and placing in a warm, light place would work just as well).
And within two weeks they had sprouted. A couple of weeks later when they had leaves and looked like they were outgrowing the yogurt pots, I repotted them into small plant pots and they’re continuing to thrive. Ill let them grow bigger and stronger before gradually introducing them to outdoor conditions and then planting out. you might check our reviews of best leaf blower here: https://pickbestlawnmower.com/best-leaf-blower/
As the whole process was much easier than anticipated, well germinate the remaining seeds at school. As for the plants, Ill be giving one to the person who brought the seeds in and another is destined for a bare fence in that particular school garden although the current pupils may be long gone before the plant flowers.