Lilium seeds

Rodger Whitlock
Thu, 30 Oct 2003 13:41:55 PST
On 26 Oct 03 at 11:20, John Ingram wrote:

> I had a L. regal alba that produced some seeds this year all on
> their own. My question is, are they supposed to be clear and no
> coloration of an embryo? Are are my seeds just duds? If not, what do
> I do with them now?

Liliaceous seeds -- including tulips, fritillaries, lilies, and 
their ilk -- in transmitted light show a darkened area (the 
endosperm) in the middle plus a dormant embryo, a small elongated 
affair attached to the hilum. The embryo noticeably swells if you 
soak the seed in water for about 48 hours.

If your seeds are entirely transparent flakes, they are not 
viable seeds.

Bulb lovers who cannot make sense of my first paragraph would do well 
to go look at such seeds over on a light table until they get the 
hang of this. You needn't use the seed of some rarity: Fritillaria 
meleagris will do quite nicely.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
"To co-work is human,
to cow-ork, bovine."

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