What's germinating - January 25

AW awilson@avonia.com
Fri, 27 Jan 2012 10:39:53 PST

Your weather report for this year did not surprise me greatly. Still, I 'd
have expected the "hard freeze" conditions you got to have played a role if
that were critical to gemination. Most Lachenalia species in South Africa
certainly receive temperatures in the thirties for quite a few nights each
year, but do not normally expect to get hard freezes during their winter,
and growing season. 

Here we have seen no frost, but I've seen many nights in the upper thirties
(4-5C). The temperature ranges have not been unusual. I 'm now thinking my
slow germination has little to do with the temperatures about a lot great
deal more with the use of imported seed. My own Lachenalia seed germinates
in September, quite voluntarily! Still, to get new species I must try a few
new species each year and will just have to wait an additional year for the
seeds to become flowering plants.

San Diego

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