A Trick To Planting Four O’Clocks

This being my 6th gardening season, I have learned some tricks along the way. The following tip is one I use over and over.

The Four O’Clock Seed

Have you ever seen the seeds of a four o’clock? They look like a micro tiny shape of a dried lemon. Only it is a brown black. They are as hard as any nut that would take a tool to crack them.

Past gardening seasons I would simply follow the directions on the packet of seeds. I would wait and wait for them to come up. (The packet says 7-10 days)

The Trick

I read somewhere on the internet using a fingernail clipper to clip off the top of the seed and soak them overnight. It couldn’t hurt. Worth a try.

Clip the top of the seed with a fingernail clipper and soak in water overnight.
Clip the top of the seed with a fingernail clipper and soak in water overnight.

It Worked!

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My Four O’Clocks Beginning To Bloom in 2012

 

Getting An Early Start!

This year I am planning to plant my four o’clocks around one of my clothes line poles where my clematis is located. It is full sun and that is what four o’clocks love!

My clematis blooming June 1st. I will plant the four o'clocks in a circle. Stay tuned for some beautiful flowers in late July!
My clematis blooming June 1st. I will plant the four o’clocks in a circle. Stay tuned for some beautiful flowers in late July!

 

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