Seed Propagation methods

Nhu Nguyen
Fri, 06 Feb 2009 10:40:54 PST
On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 9:53 AM, Rick <> wrote:

Chances are, if you sow now, so many variables can affect the seed  until it
> is ready to germinate, and cause the seed to dry out or rot . Unless you're
> super vigilant, it's better to wait till the proper time.

Hi Byron,

As stated before in this thread, fleshy amaryllid seeds need to be sown
right away regardless of when you receive them from the source. The seeds I
ordered from Silverhill came just as we entered summer here in Berkeley.
Temperatures were cool enough that I was able to keep the seedlings alive,
although they must be kept out of the sun during several of the heatwaves
where temperatures got above 90F. Some of those have gone into dormancy,
while others are still hanging on.

In the same batch I also received some non-fleshy seeds in the
Hyacinthaceae, Iridaceae, Tecophilaceae, etc...I kept them in the same
packet and stored them in the closet until fall. I read somewhere (most
likely in this forum) that some species require a warming period before they
will sprout in the fall. My apartment gets pretty warm in the summer. I sow
those seeds in October in a well drained mix, watered and about 2-3 weeks
later and got great germination.

I was super anxious to sow the seeds but I made myself put them away until
fall. I agree with Rick. I think chances for survival are much increased if
you sow them in the appropriate season. Furthermore, the advatage of sowing
seeds in the right season rather than obtaining bulbs is that you
automatically adjust them for Northern Hemisphere seasons.

Rainy Berkeley bruised some Tecophilaea flowers, but we need the rain!

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