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Re: breaking dormancy in Amorph. seeds

On Thu, 19 Apr 2001, Alan Galloway wrote:

> In October of 1998 a friend collected (from a personal garden) seeds
> of A. kiusianus and mailed them to me.  I promptly planted them in
> soil that I use for all seeds and have kept them warm and watered.  
> About a week ago, every single seed germinated at once. So this works
> out to 29 months of inactivity before germination.  I wonder what
> happened in my absence last week to spur them to germinate!  
> uuuuummmmm.

Alan, it seems I recall several of us having a similar experience with A.
henryi seeds a couple of years ago (though less than 2.5 years; I'll see
if I can find my records later), and the Amorph. issue of Aroideana (vol.
19, 1996) notes that A. henryi's closest relative is A. kiusianus. I
haven't grown many Amorphs from seed, but I remember the others as being
relatively quick to germinate. 

A. glossophyllus currently flowering here, A. henryi in full leaf.

-- Steve Marak
-- samarak@arachne.uark.edu

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