Storing cyclamen seeds

gentiaan bulborum
Sat, 22 May 2010 10:15:04 PDT
I don't agree with no soaking
after a lot of test from the cyclamen society it seems to be the best with
dried seeds give them a soak and keep them completely dark
between 14°C and 16°C till they germinate


2010/5/22 John T Lonsdale <>:
> Hi Jane,
> I never sow mine 'fresh'.  I always collect them in the split capsules then
> let the whole lot dry for a couple of weeks at room temperature.  They clean
> much more easily this way.  I then keep the cleaned seeds in the fridge
> until mid-late August and sow them then; they would probably be just as well
> stored at room temperature.  Although the seeds are relatively desiccated I
> never soak before sowing - just water them in well and keep the pots moist -
> the seeds rehydrate quite quickly, as they would in nature.  The results
> from this method have never been other than excellent.  The seeds need a
> period of warmth followed a period below about 15C, after which time they
> will be primed to germinate at or close to the time the parent plants either
> come into growth or flower.  If I store cyclamen seeds for more than a
> couple of months it is always in the fridge, and they maintain viability
> well.
> Best,
> J.
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