Crinum Seeds

Garofalo, Joseph F.
Fri, 13 Aug 2004 08:45:39 PDT
Mary Sue:

Crinum asiaticum seeds are easy.  Let them dry on the stem, then remove and
plant.  If you don't pick them, they usually fall to the ground and
germinate without being covered.  They germinate well if lightly covered
with potting mix or composted mulch.  Germination is not uniform, so be
patient with slow seeds.  Probably 75% of the largest seeds will germinate;
for smaller seeds, the percentage is lower.  They bloom in about 3 yrs (here
in Miami, with no freezes) if neglected, but if you fertilize and water them
regularly, in 2 yrs.

Good luck.


-----Original Message-----
From: Mary Sue Ittner [] 
Sent: Friday, August 13, 2004 11:35 AM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] Crinum Seeds

Dear All,

This message came in as a bounce for some reason from a new member to our 
list so I am forwarding it hoping someone can respond.

Mary Sue

I just read you message about having Crinum seeds available.
Perhaps you can help me with something.  I have a rather large Crinum 
Asiaticum that produced quite a few seeds this year.  (In previous years, 
it has never seeded.)  What do I do with the seeds (let them dry out on the 
stem then plant?, pick them and dry them out then plant?, plant them while 
they are moist?)  I've never dealt with Crinum seeds before, and I am at a 
complete loss!

Carl Tippins
Phoenix, AZ, zone 9b (were it's just a little hot right now -- we hit 116 
two days ago)

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