germinating in the mail

Dell Sherk
Tue, 16 Nov 2010 15:31:16 PST
In my experience, almost all fleshy amaryllid seed might see fit to
germinate before they are planted. I suspect that this gives them an
advantage in their natural habitats where the window of opportunity for
successful development is of limited size. Along with the genera that Jim S.
mentions, the African strumaria, hessea, gethyllis(?), amaryllis,
brunsvigia, cybistetes, boophane, etc. and the American hymenocallis and
perhaps the Australasian proiphys and calostemma do the same thing. Holding
the seeds under refrigeration helps slow down germination for awhile. I
think they all benefit from being planted fresh, if their preferred moisture
requirements are met. One thing that seems to be true about all of these
seeds is that they need to be surface sown. In some cases there is
chlorophyll in the seeds that supplies sustenance when there is sunlight
available, I think.


Best wishes,



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