Originally Posted by cheley
mmmmm, totally scruptious!!!!!! Thanks sooo much...but wait, should I wait till spring too plant outdoors??? Germinate inside first? Or should I throw them in the ground in fall
It really depends on your zone. The bush variety is perennial here in zone 7. The vining ones have to be replanted every year from seed here.
The trick to germinating the vine seeds (they are large) is to pour boiling water over them and let them sit overnight, then place them inbetween wet paper towels inside a closable baggie, in a dark area (I place mine in the cabinet under my kitchen sink), check them every few days to see if they've sprouted and plant about 1" deep when they sprout. Otherwise, planting them directly into the ground is a "maybe they will/ maybe they won't" germination method.
To germinate the bush type, follow the vine type method without the boiling water and overnight soak. This method works for just about any seed. I've even grown Amaryllis bulbs with this method.
I would definitely wait until about a month before the last frost to start the germination, then once the frost is gone you can plant them into the ground.
The seeds that I send will be fine until Spring and you can just keep them in the packets in a dry location until then. Heck, these plants were grown from 3 yr old seeds so they don't go bad easily.