Colchicum seed pots

Paul Tyerman
Thu, 01 Aug 2002 20:04:13 PDT
>Note to Jim Shields= don't throw your seed pots out so fast! A year is not
>enough for many colchicums to germinate. I keep them 3 years. Same with


I was thinking the same thing when I read the note about his Colchicum seed
pot.  I wouldn't be throwing any seed pot out before at least the second
growing season.

I have found so often now that stuff comes up the second year, or else a
LOT more seedlings appear the second year than the first.  Babiana ringens
had 4 seedlings come up in it last year..... this year there must be at
least a dozen.  WONDERFUL as I can't wait for those strange flowers to
appear next year or the year after.

I recall Tony Palmer mentioning on the IBS list at one point that something
he had that was sown in 1999 germinated in March/April this year from memory.

The only hassle with all of this is that the limited space I have for seed
pots keeps on being eaten up as I add more, not able to throw the "reject"
ones out as I am just never sure whether they will come up in the future.
Then again, who said life was meant to be easy <grin>.

Crocus tomassinianus 'Roseus' opened this morning, and teh clump of the
basic species is sending up more and more flowers every day.  There are
buds also swelling on so many other Crocus species, many of which I have
never flowered before.  Crocus corsicus is still putting on a wonderful
show..... I just wish I had more of them.  Helleborus torquatus has opened
buds this morning as well, and a coupel more varieties of Galanthus (not
including G. enmasse <grin>).  Life is good!!!!!


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9

Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus,
Cyrtanthus, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything
else that doesn't move!!!!!

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