Donated Paramongaia seed

William McLaughlin
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 14:52:35 PDT
Thanks for the interest in the donated Paramongaia seed! Lee Poulsen has noted distinct forms that require differing dormancy regimes. I would say that these are of the "lowland" type by your description. I was given two potted specimens by Dr. Harold F. Winters (retired, USDA) several years ago as he was afraid of losing them in his apartment. I kept an offset of each, and donated the main bulbs to the US Botanic Garden. These grow in fall following a long dry dormancy in the greenhouse, and bloom faithfully each year mid to late December. Since they are individual clones, they fertilize each other readily. The donation is a mix of seed from two pods, one from each specimen crossed by the other. Hopefully this will increase the genetic diversity of Paramongaia in cultivation. I have germinated seed from this batch at a 90% I expect the market to be flooded with these in a few years LOL! 

Bill McLaughlin…

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