Shade tolerant amaryllids

Karl Church
Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:11:54 PST
Careful Steve, you're likely to have a fair number of PBS members asking
for your seeds.
Karl Church
Dinuba, California
Zone 9a
On Feb 5, 2013 4:56 PM, "steven hart" <>

> Hi Mark, even here in Queensland Australia where they are endemic, they are
> becoming very rare due to habitat loss, they prefer open sclerophyll
> eucalyptus forest & small dry rain forest patches in remnant forests, at
> the brighter edges, but often on southern sides of mountains where it is
> cooler. They are mostly extinct in the areas where they were prominently
> growing, when settlers arrived in sailing ships, noted around the Breakfast
> Creek ports & forests surrounding the Brisbane area.. They soon disappeared
> to small crop farming & expansion of development & are buried now under sky
> scrapers & bitumen..The only survivors live in very small numbers in
> scattered little groups, in remnant forests out side Brisbane.. It is not a
> commercial species & rarely offered for sale.. Occasionally I see bulbs on
> eBay at very good prices from people who don't know its rare value, but is
> from nursery stock & some less desirable nurseries experimented in the 80s,
> growing them but through careless cross contamination introduced virus &
> bacterial trouble caught from growing beside diseased Eucharis lilies, a
> very silly & careless mistake with a threatened species...
> I do have wild stock, because it is a native on my property, I took some
> seeds & grew those on & now produce my own small numbers of seed each year
> with out disturbing my wild bulbs in the bush..
> I've done successful experiments with seed drying over 7month &
> successfully germinated almost all by soaking for long periods, regularly
> renewing the water.. I've had good success in pots, in standard premium
> potting mixes & garden culture.. Eventually I want to tissue culture & help
> its protection through a commercial release & home gardener conservation..
> It is a rare non commercial species here because it is not well known &
> very hard to access bulbs...
> I have sold seeds to USA, China & Europe & they are growing successfully...
> So ill put you in my seed swappers list & try to remember to send u some
> seeds & will also try to remember to list them as flowering on PBS so you
> might see them & remind me you would like some seeds... So don't forget to
> remind me :-)) ????
> They are easy to grow & are frost & drought tolerant.
> Happy Gardening
> Steven
> Esk QLD Australia
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