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Re: [Aroid-l] Orontium seed germination

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Orontium seed germination
  • From: "Ágoston János" agoston.janos@citromail.hu
  • Date: Sat, 13 May 2006 08:07:06 +0200

Dear Adam,
 
I received this year a cuple of seeds from a BG (=Botanical Garden). They were packed in wet sphagnum. There were allready 1-3 leaves on the fruit. So I think you should not remove anything.
This is only my opinion. I hope somebody will conform or confute this...
 
Jani
----- Original Message -----
From: Adam Black
Sent: Saturday, May 13, 2006 3:23 AM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Orontium seed germination

Does anyone have any tips for growing Orontium aquaticum from seed? I
know the seeds germinate within the fruits, float for a while after
becoming detatched from the infructescense, and then sink, but that is
about all I know. A few of the fruits that I opened up had already
started to germinate, so I assume they are ready? Do I need to peel the
tough covering off the seeds, or does this protective covering need to
stay intact and the seedling will penetrate through it? These are very
different from Anthurium and other Aroid seeds I am used to with a soft
fruit that the seeds are simply squeezed out of.

Right now I have a pot filled 3/4 full of soil, submerged in a cattle
trough so that there is a couple of inches (which equals something like
several centimeters - but this in an American aroid!) of water over the
soil line, but the rim of the pot is above the water line to contain the
floating unpeeled fruits. Does this sound like I am on the right track?
Would it be better if the seeds were in wet but not submerged
conditions? Any other suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

Adam



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