Nerines- seed sowing

Sat, 03 May 2003 13:44:08 PDT

you really know how to send waves of encouragement! LOL  Not to worry, I'm
still under 50 and they live to be a 100 in my family.  Time enough?  I
guessed that, as the seeds were fleshy and green, they contain chlorophyll,
so I only just covered them with fine grit to expose them to light.  If it
starts to get too warm, I may try summering them under halide lights in the
cellar, which is always cool.

I noticed that the seeds of a Cyrthanthus hybrid were very much like Hosta,
which was unexpected to me.  I had thought they would be fleshy.  Are the
Amaryllids divided into groups via their seed characteristics?

The adventure has begun.

Jamie V.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Alberto Castillo" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2003 10:32 PM
Subject: [pbs] Nerines- seed sowing

> Hi Jamie:
>          These fleshy seed amaryllids of African origin (Amaryllis,
> Cybistetes, Brunsvigia, Nerines, Strumaria, Hessea, Haemanthus, etc,) give
> better results if their seed is only half buried. As you know the main
> ingredient for seed germination is oxygen. As for the Brunsvigias, they
> winter growers therefore excess heat will send them into dormancy. You can
> have them growing without any dormancy at first to advantage. I hope you
> very young for they will take eons to flower in Germany!
> All the best for now
> Alberto
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