Big & Bold Seed Collection
Planting Banana: Start indoors. Germination can be erratic and generally takes 3-6 months at 24-30 degrees C. Soak seed for at least 24 hrs (up to 4 days) in warm water before sowing. Cracking or ‘taking a nick’ out of the seed coat can be helpful but is difficult to do. Sow just below soil surface; keep in a moist, dark place. Bottom heat is helpful. Inspect regularly. As soon as a seed starts to germinate, carefully dig it out and plant into a 5 inches pot. Plant outside after last frost or grow in a sunny room. Indoors they can gets 2-3 feet the first year and 4-5 feet the second year. In our outdoor display gardens at Veseys they have grown to over 7 feet tall in a single season! Prefers full sun to light shade where summers are hot. Keep well watered and fertilize regularly. Protect from frost. Not hardy.
Planting Zanzibaransis: Start inside 6-8 weeks before planting out in large peat pots. Soak seeds for 24 hours and cover with 1 inch of soil and provide a warm soil of 21 degrees C. Can also be planted directly outdoors after the soil warms up and after all risk of frost. Transplant after last frost into a full sun location, 2-3 feet apart.The richer the soil, the larger this plant will grow. Please note that all parts of the plant are poisonous.
Planting Sunflower: Direct seed outdoors after all danger of frost is past. (Dwarf varieties can be seeded inside in peat pots 3 weeks before planting out.) Sow 1 inch deep in light, well-drained soil. Keep moist until seed germinates in 10-14 days. Space in a full sun location 6-24 inches apart depending on variety. Giant varieties should be be planted 20-24 inches apart, while cut flower varieties should be spaced 6-10 inches apart to get smaller heads and slender stems for bouquets.
Planting Zinnia: Zinnias are usually direct seeded after last frost. Or start inside 6 weeks before last frost. Lightly cover and provide warmth (21-26 degrees C). Germinates in 5-10 days. Transplant after last frost into a full sun location, 6-12 inches apart. Pinch out the growing tip to encourage branching. Water, fertilize, and deadhead regularly. Susceptible to mildew.