David Pilling
Sun, 30 Jul 2017 08:10:02 PDT

On 30/07/2017 04:38, Diane Whitehead wrote:
> I have tried for decades to grow nomocharis from seed, as bulbs have never been offered for sale
> here, and, though they do germinate, that's as far as it goes.
> I would really appreciate some instructions.

I used to beg on the SRGC forum for the secret. I could never get a 
clear answer.

I have grown Nomocharis from seed to flower, twice. The plants did not 
survive to flower again or set seed.

I sowed a lot of seed. Most of it met with disaster. One has to keep 
searching online, people often only sell seed for one year. A tip is to 
apply for surplus seed in the seed ex - often you won't get much seed as 
first choice, but will get plenty as surplus.

The two pieces of typically vague horticultural advice I did find 
"shade" and "peat", I believe hindered me. Here in the North of England 
it is always shady, and peat becomes a rotting mess when over-watered. 
If I set off again I would treat them as lilies.

The wiki page:…

shows my plants and various bit of information. Seemingly it took four 
years from seed to flower.

They are wonderful flowers, and given the chance I would clothe the 
countryside in a million of them.

David Pilling
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