Do you have lady of the night seeds? Would you like to enjoy a plant whose flowers open at night and give off an intoxicating aroma? Without a doubt, it is one of the most beautiful plants there is, but it is not always successful when planting it.
And although you can buy a young specimen, it doesn’t hurt to try and watch it grow from a young age. Shall we help you to know everything you need to know about planting lady-of-the-night seeds?
When to Plant Night Lady Seeds
The first thing you should know about the always of the lady of the night seeds is the ideal time to plant them.
As a general rule, the best time to do it is in the month of March, when the first begins and the plants are activated. Now, it will depend a lot on the weather you have. If it is still cool where you live and the hours of sunshine are still not completely “warm”, it is better that you wait a couple of weeks (for the beginning of April).
In any case, there are some who have planted them in May and have succeeded. Our recommendation is that you do not plant them in summer (when the temperature is already quite high) because they may not succeed (or they will be weaker to withstand high temperatures).
How to sow lady night seeds
You already have more or less the date you should plant them. And now it’s time to know how to do it. Actually, sowing lady seeds at night is not complicated. But it has some peculiarities that must be taken into account to avoid problems.
Therefore, we will go step by step and you get the best results.
Collection of night lady seeds
You will probably have gotten lady seeds at night in the fall, which is when you get them. But it may also be the case that you bought them at another time of the year.
Be that as it may, these seeds are not very large (just like a grain of corn) so it is common to plant them in small groups. Of course, if they all grow you will have to separate or eliminate specimens.
Germinate night lady seeds
At the time of planting them, for you to be more successful, we must tell you that it is best that, at least 24 hours before doing so, you submerge them in warm water.
In case you don’t know, lady-of-the-night seeds have a shell, and it’s pretty hard. Which implies that, when it comes to wanting to leave the plant, if it does not receive a little help, it will cost much more.
With that said, our recommendation is as follows:
- Put a glass with warm water and put the seeds in them for at least 24 hours.
- When the time has passed, take the seeds one by one and, with a knife or a file, rub the ends a little so that it can get ahead faster.
Some do point two before point one. Another option is to do it this way and put them back in water another 24 hours after filing to activate them better.
plant the seeds
In this sense, there are several points to take into account:
- Flowerpot. Use a pot that is not very large (you will have small plants that later, when they are stronger, you can transplant). Make sure it has holes in the bottom so water can drain out.
- Substratum. The best thing is that you bet on one with a lot of nutrients, but that also allows you to keep the soil moist (not flooded) so that they germinate better.
Once you have it ready, you should know that the night lady seeds must be planted approximately 1 centimeter deep, no more. If the plants are too low, the only thing you will achieve is that they take longer to emerge (if they do).
Thus, the best thing you can do is fill the pot, put the seeds in and lightly cover the top with soil.
the first watering
Both the first watering and the following ones until you see that the plant is already stronger, we advise you to do it by spraying the water. This way you won’t move the soil too much or cause the seeds to move out of place (or be visible).
the first transplant
After the 15 days that you will see them sprout, it will take a little more time for you to be able to handle the seedlings. That means you’ll need to let them grow at least until they have a few leaves.
When you see that they are strong and can get ahead, plant them, either separately or together, but respecting a distance of 30 cm between each one.
care of the lady of the night
Finally, we leave you as a summary of the most important care:
- Location. Outdoors and in semi-shade. If you put it in direct sun you will have more problems for it to bloom.
- Temperature. It can tolerate heat very well, but not cold. So if the temperature falls below 0º it is best to protect it to avoid losing it.
- Irrigation. In summer it is recommended that it be every two days. In winter it will be enough once or twice a week.
- Subscriber. During spring and summer. An iron-rich fertilizer mixed with the irrigation water is best.
- Pruning. It is advisable to do it after it blooms, because that way you will get it to do it again. But, be careful, because that can wear down the plant.
- pests. Beware of aphids, red spider mites and whiteflies.
How long does the lady of the night take to grow
Now that you have them planted, do you want to know when you will see results? The lady of the night is a plant that grows fast, but it takes its time.
As a general rule, 15 days after planting it, it will begin to germinate. You will see that some thin and very fragile green stems come out of the earth.
After 1-2 weeks they will already have some leaves and from there it will continue to grow.
Of course, keep in mind that if you have put several seeds in a pot, and all of them germinate, you may have to make a selection and keep the strongest ones, discarding the rest. This is done to prevent them from sharing nutrients and encourage the growth of only a few specimens.
If you don’t want to “kill” them, you could always sow them more separately or take the ones you discard and put them in another pot to see if they come out ahead.
As you can see, night lady seeds are not difficult to sow. If you follow the instructions that we have given you, you will not have any problem. It will take a while to still have a young specimen, and more so one that blooms, but surely the wait ends up being worth the wait. Have you ever planted lady of the night?