Germinating Leucocoryne seeds

Lee Poulsen
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:57:16 PDT
On Apr 20, 2015, at 6:10 PM, Jane McGary <> wrote:

> Bruce asked,I have received some seeds of Leucocoryne vittata - are there any tricks to germinating seeds of this genus and is now (Autumn in southern hemisphere) the right time to try?
> In my experience Leucocoryne seeds of various species germinate readily within two months after fall planting, planted in a gritty soil mix in pots and given cool but frost-free conditions after beginning application of moisture. No special treatment seems necessary.

I agree with Jane. The main trick is to plant them in the autumn in whichever hemisphere you're in. If you want to jumpstart them, you can follow the advice that Osmani Baullosa of Santiago, Chile gives which is to sow them in a baggie containing a moist mixture of vermiculite, perlite, and/or tiny pumice, seal the baggie and place it in the crisper of your refrigerator for 5 days, then sow them in pots which are kept outside in order to experience the autumn temperature fluctuations between night and day.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a
Latitude 34°N, Altitude 1150 ft/350 m

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