Candling lily seeds question

Michael Homick
Mon, 29 Oct 2018 11:51:55 PDT
from the image I would guess:
Top Seed:  The embryo is small, underdeveloped and slightly visible. There
is also under-developed endosperm. The chance the sprouting is slight but
many times in candling this seed out and sowing there are remarkable
sprouts that occur.
Middle Seed: I would guess that the embryo is probably as large as the
embryo of the bottom seed, but is of the same density as the endosperm and
difficult to distinguish. Very likely to germinate.
Bottom Seed: excellent likely-hood to germinate.

When I candled seed for the North American Lily Society and packed seed as
20+ seed unit lots, I would count the middle and bottom seed as viable
counts and add the top seed as bonus as they are worth sowing as well
because in some crosses the top seed can produce more variation due to
genetic variations and anomalies
All the best, Michael.

On Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 10:29 AM David Pilling <>

> Hi,
> On 29/10/2018 01:07, Arnold Trachtenberg wrote:
> > Hi Steve.
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