Seed freezing

J.E. Shields
Sun, 07 Aug 2011 14:52:29 PDT
That's true.  I've stored Crinum seeds for up to maybe 6 months in the 
fridge -- at about 39°F/4C.  They go ahead and germinate (those that don't 
just rot), and the germinated seeds can be planted OK.  Left in the fridge 
long enough, all end up rotted.

Clivia seeds also keep in the fridge, for awhile.  They seem to slowly lose 
viability in the fridge, until eventually -- after a few months -- few or 
none of them will germinate.

I don't recall having tried to store other baccate seeds in the fridge.  Do 
others have experience with storing "recalcitrant" seeds, perhaps of other 

Jim Shields

At 09:39 PM 8/7/2011 +0000, Alberto wrote:

>Jim, seeds you mention can not be frozen for long term storage but they 
>can be "put to sleep" if maintained at low temperatures (above freezing 
>point of course) to be eventually sown at the proper time in either Hemisphere.

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5
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