Brunsvigia grandiflora seeds

Fri, 10 Oct 2003 22:38:33 PDT
Thanks again to Rhoda and Cameron and everyone else who made distribution of
the Brunsvigia grandiflora seed possible.  My packet of sprouts went into a
community pot where 19 now have leaves.  A few arrived with leaf tips
damaged and/or rotted.   These are continuing to produce bulbs and some
additional leaf growth.

Fred Boutin
Tuolumne, CA .  Zone 7
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mary Sue Ittner" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Friday, October 10, 2003 9:12 AM
Subject: [pbs] Brunsvigia grandiflora seeds

> Dear All,
> Dell tells me that 30+ people asked for the Brunsvigia grandiflora seeds
> from Rhoda and Cameron. I think this is a splendid opportunity to document
> how long Amaryllid seed can remain viable and still produce bulbs.
> Rhoda and Cameron stored the seed in their refrigerator as they planned to
> sell it as orders came in. So it was there quite a long time. I am sure
> that many people at the IBS Symposium purchased seed. When we visited them
> after the Symposium was over, most of the seeds that was left had already
> formed radicles so the seed needed to be planted immediately. Rhoda and
> Cameron were going to be moving soon so they were very busy and they made
> the decision rather than trying to find time to plant it as they normally
> would have, to bring pleasure to members of this list by donating it.
> Rachel agreed to provide a phyto and send the seeds to her brother in the
> US that week. He would send the seeds on to Dell. As I wrote explaining
> this to Dell so he could notify everyone, Patty Colville went through all
> the seeds and removed those that were clearly not going to make it. Rachel
> advised packing them in a paper bag. We hoped those that were plump even
> they had already started the process, could still be sown, and would grow.
> But then it took about three weeks for the seeds to get to Dell who
> reported they looked like Chinese Bean Sprouts at that stage. He
> immediately sent them on to everyone. So it would seem that at least 4-5
> weeks had passed and maybe longer after these seeds had started to
> germinate before they could be planted. And they wouldn't have always been
> cool in transit.
> I would assume that if they are going to grow, many of them will already
> have shoots. I am asking those who got seeds to let us know how they are
> doing. If you are reluctant to do this to the whole group, please let me
> Dell know and we can summarize anonymous reports. I know when I give
> something to the BX I always wonder what luck people had. I am sure that
> all of us who were involved in making this happen would love to know if it
> was worth it. And it would be helpful information for the future.
> Thanks.
> Mary Sue
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