storing SA Amaryllid seed

Justin Smith
Wed, 01 Jul 2009 13:27:14 PDT


Hi Jim/all,


Yes I was referring to the fleshy kind. It has been over 100F here every day for almost 2 weeks. With no rain for even longer. I was afraid that if I tried to plant the fleshy seeds now that it would be so hot that they would really suffer. Last year I planted them on out and got very poor results. I just got some from the very nice ladies are Silverhill and they have already sprouted. The temps here don't start to moderate reliably until mid September. 


I have been tempted to buy me a small fridge remove the door and replace with two layers of plexyglass. Place it where it would get bright light and fill it up with potted up seedlings. Though they would have to be packed tightly they would only have to survive a few months.


Any idea anyone, if that might work?




Woodville, TX 8b/9a



 Was said:


> 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

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