Last June, my precious little clove trees did not survive our high plains heat wave while The Lizard and I pedaled for a week straight during Ride the Rockies. Last October, Hilo Beads in Hawaii finally had a new crop of fresh seeds.
I ordered 12. I gave two to a co-worker, who reports both are still doing well. The other 10 I took home and planted.
Within the next three months, all but two of the seeds turned brown and dried up, even though I tried to keep them moist.
When trying to grow clove trees at altitude and indoors (because they can't survive the chilly nights), a gardener must have patience. The seeds can take a very, very long time to germinate.
One of the two survivors began sprouting leaves in late February.
In April, the tiny leaves were beginning to look a little more like leaves.
That little sweetheart is now growing a second tier of fragrant leaves!
And now, in June, nearly seven months after arriving in Colorado, baby sister is beginning to sprout her wings!!!