Germinating Cardiocrinum giganteum

Jim McKenney
Tue, 07 Sep 2004 07:06:51 PDT
At 02:12 AM 9/6/2004 -0400, Steve Burger wrote:
>Does anyone have any experience germinating seeds from these?  I'm getting
some soon and I'm not sure what I need to do?

Steve, you don't mention if you are getting fresh seed or dried seed - it
will make a difference. 

Dried seed will try your patience.  A batch germinated for me several years
ago three years after being sown. One very curious thing about this batch:
almost every seed germinated within a week of the others - after sitting
there for three years doing "nothing".

Germination was in typical epigeal fashion, and the resulting seedlings
were no larger or more robust than those of most typical lilies. For some
reason I expected such a big plant to give husky seedlings; but no, they
were rather frail.

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7  

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