Seeds in summer

John Lonsdale
Wed, 18 Jun 2003 10:46:50 PDT
<<I have had the experience of having seeds of Mediterranean things in seed 
pots germinate the second year in the same pot that I have left dry over 

Likewise here, in fact in some cases much better subsequently.

<<I do think a lot of Mediterranean-cycle seeds germinate better if stored 
dry at room temperature from the time they are harvested until they are 
planted in fall.>>

Many thanks for the advice.  I'll withhold additional water from all seeds
of my Mediterranean cycle bulbs until mid-September.  

One thing that always amazes me at repotting time for bulbs (usually July)
is how the 3 1/2" pots are always completely dry but the 4 1/2" ones rarely
are.  The latter are often quite moist in the bottom 1/2 to 1/3 of the pot,
even though water has not been given for over 6 weeks.  I think this goes a
long way to explain why under- rather than over-potting is best for many
small bulbs; the larger pots stay wet for much longer than their slightly
smaller counterparts.


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