Pacific Bulb Society BX 293 seed question

Randall P. Linke
Tue, 08 Nov 2011 08:02:02 PST

Even though the structure that I live in offers a lot to not recommend it
and is inconvenient in terms of work I don't move as I am finally in a
place with enough room for my plants.  Working on a bulb house over the
winter and the field space for the larger pots.  Need to work on keeping
the neighbors chickens out of them!


On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 5:45 AM, Fred Biasella <> wrote:

> Thank you Ken, Ina and Shirley:
> You input is greatly appreciated. Dell was very kind to send more than
> enough seed so if these survive and grow on, I will share them with the
> group. I'm afflicted with that very common disease of "Eyes bigger than
> stomach" and I have run out of room a long time ago, but does that stop
> me....of course not. My only choice is to share with the group otherwise
> they'll force me out of house and home and it's my pleasure to.
> Very Warm Regards and Thanks,
> Fred Biasella
> <Ken Wrote>
> Hello Fred,
> IMO ... a gritty, very well draining mix, with NO organic material, is
> best for these.  My own mix is equal parts pumice, DG (Decomposed Granite
> Sand) and perlite, topped with large-particled DG to keep perlite and
> pumice from floating to the top.  If no DG, gritty sand or very small
> pebbles (as for aquariums) should work.   After germination and production
> of the first leaf, a very weak fertilizer solution with every other
> watering may be beneficial.  I usually transplant to a mix including some
> organic material after the first or second year of growth.  Seeds should
> not be covered but surrounded by larger particles to hold them in place
> during germination.    I keep a plastic humidity dome over them until the
> formation of the first leaf.  I find seedlings do OK the first year in some
> shade ... out of direct sunlight.
> BTW ... I am having very high germination rates with seeds of these same
> batches.
> Ken Blackford
> San Diego
> --- On Mon, 11/7/11, Fred Biasella <> wrote:
> Hello All,
> I just received these seeds from the BX (Thanks Dell!!!!):
> 6. Amaryllis belladonna (light pink) X Brunsvigia littoralis
> 7. Amaryllis belladonna (large-flowered, medium pink) X Nerine angulata
> My question is, what is the best medium to start these seeds. I live in
> the Northeast where light is a bit of an issue, but I do have lighted plant
> carts ...
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