Prairie Smoke Plant – Tips For Growing Prairie Smoke
Growing Prairie Smoke From Seed
How To Grow Prairie Smoke Seeds?
The first thing to do when growing from seed is to make sure your soil is not too acidic or alkaline. You want it to have enough acidity so that the plant will survive but not so much that it becomes toxic. If you are growing from seed indoors, then you need to keep the humidity up. Also, you need to avoid overwatering the seeds because they may not germinate properly if they get watery after being soaked for too long.
If you are growing outdoors, then there is no special care needed since the air temperature should be just right for them to sprout well. However, remember that you don’t want too many of them as it might cause problems with their growth rate.
You can buy seeds online at most garden centers or even from some health food stores. They usually cost between $2-$5 each. I’ve never tried buying them myself, but you could try searching around for a local nursery that sells seeds.
Another option is to grow them yourself using hydroponics (water culture). Hydroponic gardening involves growing plants in nutrient solution rather than soil.
The advantage to hydroponic gardening is that the plants grow faster, larger, and they are much less prone to disease. However, it does require an investment in some basic hydroponic equipment, which can run from about $100-$600 or more depending on what type you get.
Also, since hydroponics is not in the soil, you don’t have to worry about the PH level of your nutrient solution being too high or low.
Sources & references used in this article:
The prairie garden: 70 native plants you can grow in town or country by MR Gilmore – 1922 – Bismarck tribune print.
Restoring native plants and landscapes: A guide for residents of southwestern ponderosa pine forests by JR Smith, BS Smith – 1980 – books.google.com
Ex situ germination responses of Midwestern USA prairie species to plant-derived smoke by A Minard, P Friederici – ERI Guides for Residents, 2004 – openknowledge.nau.edu