unkown seeds

Rodger Whitlock totototo@telus.net
Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:09:29 PDT
On 18 Oct 2012, at 19:54, Ina wrote:

> I was sent these seeds.  I can't contact the sender just now, but need 
> to know what to do with them.  They are definitely bulb seed, it was 
> suggested they may be tulip seed.  Do they look familiar at all to 
> anyone on the PBS?
> The husks are about 1 inch (2.5cms) long.
> https://picasaweb.google.com/102349754034616089606…
> -v7Ucw#5800538338222738306

Definitely tulip seeds, but I can't say which species. Frittilaria capsules 
aren't pointed like that, and their seeds aren't that rich reddish brown.

The single capsule in the upper right reminds me very strongly of the capsules 
of Tulipa sprengeri, but don't take that as a good i.d. It could be nearly any 
of the smaller tulip species. The seeds look like they generally have good 

Be aware that seedling tulips - at least some of them - can take the better 
part of a decade before they flower. They will probably mature faster if grown 
in the open ground, so I'd suggest you prepare a seed bed for them with lots of 
sand mixed into the soil, and sow them in situ. Some wire mesh over the bed may 
be desirable to keep rodents and birds from eating the seeds and, later, the 
seedling bulbs.

If in-situ sowing is not for you, then sow in a deep pot and at the end of the 
second growing season plant the young bulbs out.

They may not germinate until next spring, so be patient.
Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Z. 7-8, cool Mediterranean climate

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