growing species tulips from seed

Rodger Whitlock
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:13:06 PST
On 15 Nov 2013, at 9:49, Ina Crossley wrote:

> Eventually I may have some more tulips which will grow here, particularly a
> red one.  Or not. 

Perhaps that "red one" is Tulipa sprengeri. It's something of a weed, in that 
it self-sows quite freely. Downside, which other tulips may share in: it takes 
about seven years to flower when grown from seed. It's a beautiful flower, but 
if you grow it, eventually it will start to turn up in unexpected places.

There are photos on the wiki.

There's a refinement in sowing that may help with tulips (also with 
fritillaries): Insert the seeds into the sowing medium on edge with the hilum 
at the bottom. (Hilum: the point at which the seed was attached to the ovary.)

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Z. 7-8, cool Mediterranean climate

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