Nerine seeds

Mary Sue Ittner
Sat, 01 May 2010 11:37:28 PDT

Over the years we have been told that there are some fleshy Amaryllid 
(as in the smaller definition of this family instead of the wider 
one) seeds that need to be planted immediately or at least when you 
see them start to send down a radicle. These are usually plants that 
in the wild would start into growth to take advantage of rainfall. So 
fall blooming species in winter rainfall South Africa would form 
seeds after they bloom and then drop to the ground, root and start 
growing. If they had adequate rainfall, they would live and if not, 
they would shrivel and die.

This past fall I sent seeds of some of my fall blooming Nerines to 
the BX. I later harvested seeds on another pot and put them in a 
small glass dish. I can't remember whether I intended to wait for 
some more seeds before I sent them, decided it was too few to go to 
the trouble, or just forgot them, but a few weeks ago I found the 
dish. All of the seeds had formed a small bulb and a couple had short 
green shoots. Impressed with their desire to grow (this is how 
someone who promises herself she will grow less does not make 
progress) I potted them up and they all have healthy strong green 
leaves now. So I'll put them in a cool spot and try to keep them 
going until the mother plant would normally appear in September. 
We've talked about putting fleshy Amaryllid seed into the 
refrigerator if it arrives from another hemisphere at the wrong time 
hoping to delay when you start it to a better time weather wise and I 
guess it was cool enough where I had the seeds to have the same 
effect. But in this case they were not protected in any way and still 
did not shrivel and die and without any soil still formed a bulb.

Mary Sue

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