Bomarea seeds

Nhu Nguyen
Sat, 26 Nov 2011 22:27:56 PST
Hi Randall,

Yes, you have to remove the red coating (sarcotesta). There are inhibitors
in the coating that will prevent the seeds from germinating. What I usually
do is rub the seeds against a metal mesh strainer until I see the inner
white part of the seeds exposed. This treatment removes most of the
sarcotesta. Sow the seeds in a well drained medium. It will take a few
months for the seeds to sprout. I usually sow mine in the fall, allow the
pot to sit for a few months in the cold (not freezing) and I get sprouts in
the spring.

Good luck sowing! If all goes well, you will get more plants than you know
what to do with.


On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 2:07 PM, Randall P. Linke <>wrote:

> I was just out cleaning out one of the beds and found that several pods had
> recently opened.
> Does anyone have experience starting these from seed?  Do they need to have
> the fleshy coating removed? stratification?  etc.

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