Nerines - seed sowing

Fri, 02 May 2003 13:20:05 PDT
Jamie Vande    Cologne    Germany    Zone 8

I've learned a lot concerning Nerines this week, a personal favourite genus with which I have had little success.  I've managed to bring N. bowdenii into bloom on several occaisions, planted in the garden high on a ridge bed.  Never seen any signs of a virus, so fingers still crossed.  My winter flowerers have deigned to favour me but once with spikes over the last three years.  I may be holding them too warm, as they are subject to window culture in Winter.  Perhaps I should try them in the cold frame?  We can hit -8°C for a few weeks in Winter.

I just received, today, seed of a Nerine species from Silver Hill.  It was already sprouting, so I planted it immediately in a light mix of standard potting compost and basalt split, just covering the seed to prevent undue drying.  Any comments?  Is this about right?  I've never tired them from seed, but it was just too much fun.

I, also, planted up seed of 5 Brunsvigias, which surprised me being a bright lime green in colour and starting to sprout as well.  Somehow a magical experience, so let's see how long the magic lasts.  Can anyone comment on Brunsvigia from seed?  Will they start growing and then rest in the Summer or should one try to keep them in growth for the first year or so?  Normally, in such situations I play it by ear and let the plants "talk" to me.

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