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gentian

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Stratify seed in freezer for 3 weeks, then sow just covered at 55-70F/13-21C; germination very erratic. Or sow immediately when ripe into a sheltered location. Dark aids germination. Fertile, acidic, well-drained soil best; provide ample moisture. Sun to part shade. Perennial species, including Gentiana acaulis and Gentiana verna, may be divided in spring, and can also be grown from basal cuttings rooted at this time, using bottom heat. Zone 4-9

The trumpet gentian, Gentiana clusii, does well in alkaline soils; hardy zones 7-9. Gentiana lutea is indexed under Herbs

Gentiana lutea (yellow gentian)

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