Velthemia Seeds

Wed, 30 May 2007 22:59:55 PDT
Hello all,
I cannot resist to relate my experience with Veltheimia bracteata.  Our
whole stock is planted (in the ground) in our garden 300m from the
méditerranean sea.  Under pine trees in stony lime soil. They grow and
flower  well without much attention. I am not always there to collect the
seeds. Last winter I found 50 plants  under a cypress hedge 10m down hill
from the actual plants. Every year a heavy rain shower seems to wash the
seeds downhill. Slightly covered with pine needles, they have germinated
and grown without being noticing. In fact this species is naturalising in
that situation, but probably to shady to flower under that hedge. A very
versatile and adaptable plant
As to V capensis, which was thought to be a much better possibility, sh does
not thrive in that garden.
Kind greetings

Lauw de Jager
South of France (zone 8 Olivier)
Coord. Geogr.(GPS): 43°42' 43" N     4° 32' 12" E

>   I tried for several years with seed produced off my own V.bracteata
>   and V.capensis, with no luck ... until last year, when I thought I would
> chill the seeds over the summer in the refridgerator.  Planted same last fall
> on top of moistened soil mix and got nearly 100% germination from the
> V.bracteata seed, but none from the V.capensis.

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