old seeds

Marguerite English meenglis@meenglis.cts.com
Sat, 22 Mar 2008 12:05:50 PDT
   I found a package of seeds, including some old BX seeds, while 
cleaning this winter, and decided to try some of them before I threw 
them out.  Good thing!      I planted 5 pkts of Romulea species and 2 of 
Lachenalia from BX 5, sent in August, 2002.   They all germinated and I 
have full pots of small seedlings growing strongly.    I was amazed at 
the excellent germination rate from seeds so old.    What a miracle 
geophyte seeds are!     Now to try the remainder.  

    I have also been planting some 2-3 year old seeds for herbaceous 
plant for my garden club plant sale.  Only about half of those 
germinated.   (Don't ask; I'm too lazy to do germination tests with 
paper towels and so on!)

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