Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:53:11 PST
>But, Bob, I couldn't find anything about cold inducing sprouting of
Romneya. Care to point me in the right direction? The Sunset Book says
it will grow in Sunset zone 13, my zone, but friends here and I have
not been able to get fall-planted specimens established well enough to
survive the next summer. Nor have I been able to sprout seed. Having
seedlings to work with would probably be better than plants growing in
a nursery gallon container half-full of pure mulch.

It's obviously a bulb. There was an article in Sunset several (many?) years 
ago that rated Romneya hardy for all their zones, which includes me.
I think it would never occur to anyone in California that there was an 
alternate method of germinating seeds which involved subjecting the poor 
things to below 0 (F) temperatures.
I did skim through the paper, which is similar to the ones on arctostaphylos 
seed germination, except the latter suggest that it's charate, and not 
smoke, which induces germination. Fifteen minutes of smoke directed toward a 
single group of seeds seems an unlikely scenario, even in a wildfire.
I germinated seeds of R. coulteri years ago, using the outdoor method, and 
gave the resulting plants to D(enver) BG. I'm pretty sure they lived. All 
subsequent efforts to establish plants here have been failures, but romneya 
is notoriously difficult to establish. (I've had plants die the day after 
being planted.)
There was a discussion about germinating romneyas on a mailing list, ages 
ago. Because somebody, somewhere, had stated that romneyas would only 
germinate if smoked, then every other statement about their seed germination 
was obviously false. However, there was someone in Florida who wanted to try 
germination romneyas, decided to try freezing them, and I got an email from 
her a year later saying she had a bumper crop of romneyas after storing the 
seed in the freezer over the winter.


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