Propagating Silene Virginica - Fire Pink

Prepared by Patsy Barr


Fire Pink
Silene virginica
Image Credit: Mike Strickland

When the seed pods or capsules turn brown, cut off individual pods and leave at room temperature until pods are dry. The pod can then be opened to collect the small seeds. The entire flower stalk may be cut off and put in a paper bag until the seeds ripen and drop out of capsules. Place the seeds in barely moist medium in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 1 month. Check the seeds every week as seeds may germinate in the bag.

Fill a flat with seed germinating mix and spread the mix containing the seeds evenly over the surface. Keep the flat moist. Seeds should germinate in 2 weeks. When big enough to handle seedlings can be separated and planted in individual peat pots. The plants should bloom the first year.

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