Growing from Seed-PBS TOW

Mary Sue Ittner
Fri, 22 Nov 2002 07:35:23 PST
Dear All,

I have a question that seems relevant to our topic this week. I started some seed of Allium crispum which is a favorite of mine. As I have discovered in the past it really does better in colder winters so I have been prechilling the bulbs before I plant them like tulips and decided to stratify the seeds. When I checked on them the first time, there was no sign of action and then I forgot about them and when I checked again (about 3 1/2 weeks) most had germinated but were white. I hoped when I put them in the light they would green up but they continue to be white so I assume I'll lose all of them. Since I have experienced the odd all white leaf or two in a seedling pot that does not survive I am wondering whether this was caused by lack of light or if the seed isn't any good. People talk about finding green leaves in the refrigerator so I am suspecting the seed. I sent some seed of this to Dell for the BX and wouldn't want to offer it if there was a problem. Can any of you seed experts help explain what is going on?

Mary Sue

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