Skip to Content

How To Germinate Michelia Seeds

Sharing is caring!

Michelia is one tough cookie to germinate. I have literally tried everything to get this fragrant, must-have plant to grow from seed – and failed miserably every time. Of course, when I saw the seeds this year, I couldn’t resist – and thus am trying again. This time I am using a different method and the seed actually looked like it was swollen.


Here is what I did:

First I ran hot tap water, placed the seeds in a small tea ball and swished them around in the sink and under the running water.

Then I filled a glass jar with hot water – not hot tap water, but hot water from the stove. It was not boiling, just simmering. I then lowered the seeds into this hot water. Michelia have a hard seed coat and I was hoping to quickly pentrate that as well as wash off the majority of the germination inhibitors.

I then set the glass jar close to the heat lamp I am using for my chickens. I wanted to water to remain warm.

Once I saw the seeds were beginning to swell (within minutes), I removed the jar and allowed the water to cool. I then poured the water off, put the seeds into the tea ball and repeated the swishing process. I did this five or six times over the course of 24 hours – each time allowing the water to cool naturally.

Once the 24 hours was up, I gave the seeds one final swish under the hot tap water, then planted them in a seed starting mix. I pushed the seed into the soil, making sure I could still see the top of the seed (but it was even with the top of the soil). I then covered the seed with a thin layer of vermculite and set the seed starting flat on a heat mat under grow lights.

Now I wait – impatiently – to see if this method worked. I hope it did. I really want to grow this plant and harvest the flowers to distill once it becomes large enough. Until then, I simply want to enjoy the flowers on the tree and inhale the magnificant fragrance.

Have you successfully germinated Michelia? What was your technique?

Sharing is caring!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sheri Ann Richerson is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to
Click here to read my full disclosure, Privacy and Cookie Policy!

Copyright (C) Sheri Ann Richerson, 1998 - 2021

Scented Grass Adds Natural Fragrance To The Home Or Garden Story How To Plant Brugmansia Seeds Story Eat Better Save Money By Growing A Garden Story The Best Vegetables To Plant In February Story Botanical Interests Continues Commitment To Being GMO-Free Story