Starting from seeds vs. from bulbs

diana chapman
Fri, 26 May 2006 10:15:53 PDT
> I know that many people recommend starting new, unfamiliar, or
> unusual species from seeds rather than from mature bulbs ...
> However, there seem to be the odd few where I have been spectacularly
> unsuccessful trying to start them from seeds while  simultaneously
> and sometimes surprisingly having had no problems growing them
> starting with an already mature bulb.

I must say that in the spectacularly unsuccessful category of seed
germination I would put the tuberous rooted Tropaeolum species.  I have had
seed from Watson & Flores that germinated fairly well, but even though I get
good seed production from my plants, I get almost no germination.  Last year
I tried nicking the seeds, as well as stratifying in the refrigerator, but
got the same results.  Does anyone have better luck?

Telos Rare Bulbs

P.S.  As Lee says, the plants grow well - for pictures see the Bomarea page
on the web site:

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