germinating in the mail

Lee Poulsen
Wed, 17 Nov 2010 02:44:22 PST
On Nov 16, 2010, at 1:52 PM, J.E. Shields wrote:

> Don't do this with Clivia seeds; they need more moisture to germinate well.

However, if they're in sealed container of some kind, they will do about as well germinating as the other amaryllids that have been mentioned. On a couple of occasions over the years, I've received Clivia seeds from South Africa that were mailed in empty film canisters. (Are those still available??) When they arrived, the had already germinated and the seeds were plump with a nice thick root growing out of the seed. I planted them just like other germinating amaryllids and they grew just fine.

I think the small sealed container, although dry, preserved sufficient humidity from the seeds themselves to support germination.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a

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