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I have been growing plants from seeds for at least 20 years. I have grown literally hundreds of different kinds of vegetables, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, tropicals, some cacti, water plants, iris, rose, lilies, cannas, etc. I enjoy starting from seed.

Experience in the area

I've been growing my own seeds for 20 years with indoor propagation equipment I built myself. I am also an Allexperts volunteer on the perennial forum. I have completed the Master Gardener course through the Kansas State University Extension. I have experience with a wide variety of seeds and I have also read through Norm Deno's books on seed germination.

What do you like about this subject?

I get a big kick out of watching something come to life. Emerge seedlings give me a big thrill to see Nature at work.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope I never stop learning and that there will always be a new adventure for me around the corner.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Growing from seed is only as diffiult as your understanding or lack of understanding at how a seed works.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

GMO seeds. I'm totally anti-GMO.

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Rich01/26/16101010Thanks, Tom. Appreciate it.
Joseph12/04/15101010great answer. thanks

Recent Answers from Tom Alonzo

2016-05-02 Ocotillo seeds:

Hi Nellen,  Thanx for your question.  You can plant the fresh ocotillo seed 1 inch deep in pots and expose to hot temperatures.  They germinate best above 85 with cooler temps at night down to 70.  Water

2016-03-15 Prpagating Italian Cypress:

Hi Osaam,  Thanx for your question. I answered a question like this a few years ago.  Here's a copy of my answer (this is on cuttings).  I'm also including a link about starting the plant from seeds.

2016-02-03 rootstock for pomrgrenate:

Hi Tony,  Thanx for your question.  This is really a question for a professional and I will give you some contacts below.  I am just a hobbyist and not university-trained but I am self-taught and I do

2016-01-17 Honeysuckle:

Hi Rich,  Thanx for your question.  I apologize for taking so long to get back to you.  I have only sampled honeysuckle a few times and it all tasted the same to me...the best I can describe it is "honeyish"

2015-12-03 Red Sunset seeds:

Hi Joseph,  Thanx for your question.  Red Sunset Maple trees are cultivars (hybrids), so, plants grown from seed will not come true to the parents.  This is due to the instability of genetics in hybrids


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