The Plant Hunter

The plant hunter would be me.  There is nothing I like more than free reseeding plants.  I find that most seeds prefer to germinate where they land and do better than when I plant them.  A Chocolate Plant (Pseuderanthemun alata) is happily growing in the Moses (Tradescantia spathacea) pot.

A Polka Dot seedling is hiding in the Rex Begonia.

The Clematis pot is an especially popular area for seeds to drop into.  There are a couple of Bartram’s Evening Primrose, a Polka Dot plant, a Jewel of Opar and a Wandering Jew vine.

Moss is host to Hardy Gloxinia seedlings.  There is a proper flower bed right there, but the moss seems to be the place to germinate.

My favorite place to plant hunt is cracks.  Somehow that small space with hardly any soil is a fruitful place to find many different plants.


15 Comments on “The Plant Hunter”

  1. carolee says:

    Love Jewels of Opar!

  2. I am a fellow hunter. I have so much weird stuff come up, I just wait to see what it is.

  3. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Self seeding plants are a joy and a bonus- except weeds, of course!

  4. Tina says:

    Hunting is what gardeners do, this time of year. I think I have more seedlings of established plants than I’ve ever seen before. I’ll be weeding all summer!

  5. GREAT POST and PHOTOS as always! I have Jewels of Opar and there are always plenty of seedlings. I think “plenty” is an understatement sometimes. 🙂

  6. Christina says:

    You are so right. Seeds grow where and when they want; when I sow seeds there is always a doubt that they will germinate. Larkspur is a good example, I hardly ever manage to germinate any seed but each year the fallen seed germinates, overcomes all conditions during the winter and is now about to flower. Of, course there were probably thousands of seeds produced and only a tiny percentage actually grew but enough to share with friends.

  7. shoreacres says:

    It’s fun to see what comes up in sidewalk cracks, even at the marinas. This year, the oxalis and henbit were doing particularly well in one Seabrook marina, at the edges of lawns, but also in the cracks of sidewalks and docks. It amazes me that all you gardeners can tell one plant from another at such early stages.

    • I have to say not always. Many times it takes to the second or third set of leaves and even then I have been wrong. The oxalis is crazy this year. I just pulled up two buckets of them yesterday.

  8. tonytomeo says:

    Hey, they are known as ‘WEEDS’! If you collect too many, your garden will become a jungle! (I have a blue gum eucalyptus in my garden because I could not bare to kill it! That was a mistake!)

  9. Sheryl says:

    A friend once told me that plants have favorite microclimates. And that plants tend to move within a garden over time as they seek out the best microclimate.


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