Winter Amaryllid seed received in spring

Leo A. Martin
Mon, 23 Feb 2009 15:30:54 PST
I live in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, in the northern hemisphere. I absolutely
cannot plant bulb seed at the wrong time of the year. It would not
survive, even in the house under lights.

I find winter-growing Amaryllid seed I receive from Africa between March
and May survives just fine in the crisper drawer of my refrigerator until
late August or early September. Often it has sprouted en route. Even the
very small seeds like Strumaria survive well for this period of time.

After that the seed weakens rapidly.

I have tried planting winter-growing Amaryllid seed in the spring as soon
as I receive it under lights in a cooler room of my house. This doesn't

If I keep the seed in the refrigerator until August or September and then
plant it indoors under lights it lives.

Leo Martin
Phoenix Arizona USA

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