Growing Daubenya from seed

Paul T.
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 23:17:26 PST
At 05:19 PM 6/11/2012, you wrote:
>Has anyone had any experience growing this genus from seed?  I sowed seeds
>approximately 7 weeks ago (late winter here in Melbourne, Australia) and
>have had no joy so far.  Suggestions?


I think with the majority of bulbs 7 weeks is a 
bit enthusiastic to be worrying.  Usually I think 
these should be sown in autumn, with declining 
temperatures then winter.  I wouldn't be 
surprised if there was no sign of germination 
until next winter, in fact if they were only sown 
in august I would be surprised if they germinated 
for me this year (but that is in Canberra, so may 
be different for you).  I've had some experience 
with Daubenya, but not a lot.  I've had some 
germination but I have found them very slow to 
grow.  Massonia on the other hand have done well 
for me, growing quite quickly 
comparatively.  They too tend to sit until the 
following year if they're sown too into the cool weather.

I hope this may be of some help.


Paul T.
Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9
Min winter temp -8 or -9°C. Max summer temp 40°C. 
Thankfully, maybe once or twice a year only.

Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all 
over the world including Aroids, Crocus, 
Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Galanthus, 
Terrestrial Orchids, Irises, Liliums, Trilliums 
(to name but a few) and just about anything else that doesn't move!! 

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