germinating in the mail

J.E. Shields
Tue, 16 Nov 2010 13:52:04 PST
Growing rather a lot of Haemanthus here, and tending to procrastinate, I've 
planted "seeds" that were miniature bulbs with a small leaf and a few short 
roots.  These seedlings do just fine once you pot them.  If you worry about 
rot, a tabletop is a good place to germinate Haemanthus, Scadoxus, Crinum, 
and Nerine seeds of many species.  Don't do this with Clivia seeds; they 
need more moisture to germinate well.

For species (a few Haemanthus, more Nerine) that make very tiny "bulbs" 
when germinated dry, you can't wait anywhere near a year to plant 
them.  The really little ones will shrivel up and die in just a couple of 

Jim Shields

At 01:37 PM 11/16/2010 -0800, you wrote:
>Yes, I have received them already growing, and I have had ones from my
>own plants start to grow in the bag I put them in.  They did OK when I
>finally put them in a pot, but I wouldn't want to leave them unlooked
>at for a year.

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5
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