Velthemia Seeds

Mary Sue Ittner
Thu, 18 Mar 2004 07:25:04 PST
Dear All,

I'm going to stick to the paper towel method in the future. Some of you may 
remember that I had trouble getting any seeds on several different batches 
of seed in the past. The seed might not have been fresh, but I suspect that 
they all needed warmer temperatures than they got. The best luck I had was 
with some I started in the house. So I do not think the change between day 
and night temperatures that seems to help with germination of many of the 
winter rainfall Cape species is helpful. That makes sense since this is not 
a winter rainfall species. Maybe Rhoda could describe for us the conditions 
when it would normally germinate.

After Hamish told us about his success using the paper towel method a month 
or more ago I looked at my seed pots. In one of them the seed was all 
rotted. In the other (more than a year later where they had been outside) 
some of the seeds looked intact so I washed them off and put them between 
two sheets of wet paper towels in a plastic bag in a warm place and one of 
the seeds almost immediately germinated. The others are probably not going 
to do anything, but I still count that one a miracle seedling. It made me a 
believer and Don Journet's testimony today has reinforced it for me. The 
nice thing about this method too is that you are then able to plant the 
seedlings exactly where you want them.

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers

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