storing SA Amaryllid seed

J.E. Shields
Wed, 01 Jul 2009 12:45:05 PDT
Hi Justin,

If you are referring to the so-called "recalcitrant" amaryllis seeds  -- 
the fleshy sorts that are reluctant to go into stable dormancy (hence 
"recalcitrant") -- I usually plant them immediately and then try to keep 
them growing continuously for 18 months to 2 years (under lights).  In my 
experience, the new seedlings do not take well to a dormancy after only one 
short growing season.

In an emergency you can store them in the fridge for 3 or 4 months.  They 
will mostly go ahead and germinate in the fridge anyway, so you have to be 
careful when planting them that you don't break off the growing shoot.

Best regards,
Jim Shields
growing Crinum, Clivia, and Haemanthus in central Indiana

At 02:01 PM 7/1/2009 -0500, you wrote:

>Hi all,
>Was it here that I read that someone put their Amaryllid seed from South 
>Africa in the fridge and stored them until fall?
>I can't find out where I read that. I decided to give that a try and was 
>wondering if they were stored dry, moist, sealed or someway else. My 
>memory is worse than my age should indicate. lol.
>It is very hot and dry  here though, my Erythrina zeyheri seems to like it 
>just fine.
>Woodville, TX 8b/9a

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