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Re: Anthurium hookeri germination

  • Subject: Re: Anthurium hookeri germination
  • From: "Denis" <denis@skg.com>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 11:55:11 -0500

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In our experience growing anthurium seeds in a shadehouse with a lot of humidity and subtropical climate, we plant untreated fresh anthurium seed on top of the growing media and it usually germinates without rotting.(Though sometimes we have trouble with birds or rodents eating the seed.) Depending on where you are growing them you may want more humidity so seeds do not dry out. For more ambient humidity around seed put the container of seeds & medium  in clear plastic bag to germinate. As for germinating medium you can use sphagnum moss or a peat based soil mix.
Silver Krome Gardens
homestead Florida
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Subject: [Aroid-l] Anthurium hookeri germination

It sounds as though you may have the real Anthurium hookeri.  Not sure if you read the discussion on this forum some months ago regarding the species but the berries of Anthurium hookeri (the species, not the hybrids) are white, not red as many collectors assume.  You can find quite a few websites that indicate the berries should be red but according to information published my Dr. Croat in his journal as well as information furnished by botanist  David Scherberich when I was asking about the species, the true species is not what most collectors assume to be Anthurium hookeri.    David furnished a photo of the true species which you can see on the link below.
I've managed to grow quite a few Anthurium from seeds sent by other collectors as well as those produced on my own plants.  I simply crush the berries and lightly cover them with soil.  Some collectors recommend washing the berries but I've had good success by simply planting them.  I keep the soil damp until they germinate in moderately bright light.  Right now I have at least 10 species growing from seeds as a result.
You can read some of the information I learned about Anthurium hookeri from the experts on this forum here:
Steve Lucas

I have an Anthurium (the common one sold in the plant shops as Anthurium hookeri). It 
grew 3 inflorences at a time, so it colud self pollinate itself. Now the cone-shaped berries are
ripening. They push thenselves out of the inflorescense as they ripe one after one, and then
they fall down very easily. The colour is quite pale. What does spread the seeds? In my
opinion they fall down too easily and are too pale to be eaten by birds.
My main question is about seed germination. I can see two small seeds in each berry. I
would like to get some advise on germinating them. Should I pot them as soon as I take
them out of the berry? Should I simply place them in wet moss? Should they be treated with
some kind of acid before? Should I bleach them in clear water for a day? Should I dry them?
Or what to do?
Thanks for any info
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