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 Post subject: Caper germination
PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:15 am 
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Capers are a Mediterranean plant that produce loads of flowers, as well as edible buds. I read about growing them here on a blog http://fromseedtotable.blogspot.com/2009/07/growing-capers-from-seed.html and the owner of the blog was kind enough to trade seed with me and provide tips on germinating capers.

Turns out, it's REALLY hard to germinate them - unless you live in a Mediterranean climate. Here you can just sow them in the fall and leave them out all winter and they'll come up in the spring. I did this at the same time as a couple native plants, Iris douglasiana and western redbud, and they came up earlier this spring - I was about to give up on the capers. But today I checked and it looks like I got well over 50% germination all of a sudden - after 6 1/4 months!
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 Post subject: Re: Caper germination
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:11 pm 
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Serious Congratulations!!

Patience rewarded.....

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 Post subject: Re: Caper germination
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:17 pm 
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Good job! You must be a patient guy. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Caper germination
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:02 pm 
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I can't say it's too difficult to leave something out in the rain all winter.... ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Caper germination
PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 1:50 pm 
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promethean_spark wrote:
I can't say it's too difficult to leave something out in the rain all winter.... ;)


True, and I can relate to that. :D


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