Pacific Bulb Society BX 333

Jim McKenney
Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:17:33 PST
David, the Fritillaria seed test isBRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT!

How long has that been on the wiki? Was it announced?

Your experiment also explains why we in eastern North America have so much trouble germinating seed exchange seed: if seeds which arrive in the frozen dead of winter are stored dry at room temperature or put dry into the fridge, they do not progress. If we wait for "nice weather" to plant them in the garden, it's already getting too warm. If they do not germinate before the arrival of the warm muggies, not only do they not germinate, such seeds often rot during the summer. 

Your test makes it clear: moist and cold is the way to go from many of these seeds. 

You have provided the evidence to answer the Fritillaria meleagris germination question conclusively. Congratulations. 

Right now in my fridge are zip lock bags of seed of many frits and lilies: the seeds are on pieces of moist paper towel. Once or twice a week I take them out and examine the progress of the embryos: those of Notholirion and Fritillaria begin as specks as shown in your images. Some of the lilies have long, conspicuous ones from day one, others not so much. It's so encouraging to see even a tiny bit of elongation in some of these.

Thanks so much for sharing this.

Jim McKenney

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