old seeds

Joyce Miller Miller7398@comcast.net
Sat, 22 Mar 2008 14:28:58 PDT
Yes, Marguerite, some genera have amazing keeping powers.  In Fall 2006 I 
planted probably 12 pots of Lilium gotten from a left over seed exchange. 
The oldest had been wild collected in 1981.  I kept no records of number of 
seeds, location etc. but I was satisfied the germination far exceeded my 
Joyce Miller, Gresham, Oregon, USA USDA 8
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From: "Marguerite English" <meenglis@meenglis.cts.com>
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Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2008 12:05 PM
Subject: [pbs] old seeds

>   I found a package of seeds, including some old BX seeds, while
> cleaning this winter, and decided to try some of them before I threw
> them out.  Good thing!      I planted 5 pkts of Romulea species and 2 of
> Lachenalia from BX 5, sent in August, 2002.   They all germinated and I
> have full pots of small seedlings growing strongly.    I was amazed at
> the excellent germination rate from seeds so old.    What a miracle
> geophyte seeds are!     Now to try the remainder.
>    I have also been planting some 2-3 year old seeds for herbaceous
> plant for my garden club plant sale.  Only about half of those
> germinated.   (Don't ask; I'm too lazy to do germination tests with
> paper towels and so on!)
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