Eremurus robustus

Brian Whyer
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 11:41:40 PDT
Hi Jim
Some of the online suppliers say something like sow immediately. Depends when you buy them though.
Even if I sow soon I was not expecting germination until spring. Last years seed sown in October germinated in early spring from memory, but I recall the seed, which are flattish like beech seed for those not familiar, seemed to shrink somewhat between separation from the fruit and when I sowed them.We are not necessarily trying to emulate nature are we, just getting flowering plants as soon as we can? ;-) Mine will be in a greenhouse over winter.


From: Jim McKenney <>
 To: Pacific Bulb Society <> 
 Sent: Saturday, 1 August 2015, 18:37
 Subject: Re: [pbs] Eremurus robustus
Brian wrote:"Advice seems to be sow seed early for this plant."
Brian, where is that advice coming from? If nothing else, it's certainly counter-intuitive. It's been years since I've grown Eremurus from home grown seed, but I'm pretty sure I let the seed dry for the summer and then planted in the fall - and got great germination the following late winter/spring. 
In nature, the germination of newly ripened seed at this time of year would be a big disadvantage, wouldn't it? Wouldn't the seed be germinating at the beginning of a drought? 
Please tell us more.
Jim McKenneyMontgomery County Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where the steam bath weather has brought up a yellow Lycoris, probably either L. chinensis or a chinensis-longituba hybrid. 


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