Hippeastrom seed germination

Cynthia Mueller c_mueller@cox-internet.com
Sat, 17 Apr 2004 13:14:09 PDT

I just lay them out flat on sandy, well draining medium in a container with
drainage holes and cover with a very little mixture on top.  Then they sit
on the mist propagation bench for about 10 days to two weeks and germinate.

Dr. McEachern of the department keeps his in a dry but cold storage
container for a year and then sows them.  He must think they must overcome
dormancy, but I never thought that necessary.

I believe I read of another method on our e-robin within the last year or
so.  Planting in margarine tubs with plenty of water on the top - seeds
floating.  When they germinate punch holes in the bottom of the container so
the water will drain and the seeds will come to rest on the surface.  Can't
recollect who offered this advice.

I have had trouble with the floating germination method when I tried to pick
up the germinated seeds to plant them.  The shoot is very 'brittle' at that
time and liable to break off.

Cynthia W. Mueller
----- Original Message -----
From: "Douglas Westfall" <eagle85@flash.net>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, April 17, 2004 1:15 PM
Subject: [pbs] Hippeastrom seed germination

> To any/all Hippeastrum "growers,"
> I have never tried to germinate Hippeastrum seeds.  I have some that I
> very much like to germinate.
> What is the most "reliable" method to use?
> Any help will be appreciated.
> Doug Westfall
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