Offsets--Tecophilaea,Triteleia, Sparaxis

Jim McKenney
Fri, 26 May 2006 08:34:22 PDT
I'm following this discussion closely, because it related to some next steps
I'll be taking. My Tecophilaea have by now died down for the year; the corms
look fine size-wise, but there are no offsets. The attempts at
hand-pollination were not successful, so my grand plans for
Tecophilaeas-R-Us are on hold for a year and I'm keeping my resume updated.
John L. answered one question I was about to ask: under eastern conditions,
should they be dry during the summer - and for how long? They're drying out

One of the problems or challenges those of us who grow from seed face
continually is getting seed to germinate. One factor which contributes to
the uncertainty here (i.e. the uncertainty about how to handle the seed to
induce germination) is that we often don't know how the seed was handled
before we got it. On Alpine-L this week Kristl Walek make the good point
that she tries to save/hold seed in the phase it experiences immediately
before the phase which induces germination. 

Do any of you have special seed-saving and germination routines which you
practice? I'm not very sophisticated here about this: everything either goes
into the refrigerator or the freezer until I'm ready to try it. That has
given such generally good results that I have not been moved to try anything

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where Allium caeruleum is
blooming and doing a good imitation of Jasione laevis and the Calochortus
are doing a good imitation of California poppies.  

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