It may well be true in general but in my experience seeds
of Philodendron selloum, completely dried, have been regularly offered in the
trade by seed companies and always gave good germination results.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On
Behalf Of LariAnn
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2007 6:10 AM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: [Aroid-l] Anthurium seeds discussion
Many of you know I do a lot of aroid breeding, and have done so since
the 1980s. Thus I have learned a lot about the viability and
care of seeds from Alocasia, Anthurium, Philodendron, Amorphophallus
Caladium over the years. The most important thing I've
learned is that
many, if not all, of these seeds have short viabilities even under the
best of conditions. Therefore I can state categorically that even if
seeds this person is selling are the real McCoy, the chances of any
buyer receiving a shipment of viable seeds from this person are slim
Think about it mathematically; if the seeds originate in south Africa,
they have to be harvested there then shipped to Turkey.
are harvested fresh and IMMEDIATELY shipped, figure 5 to 10 days to
Then, once in Turkey,
this person puts the offer on eBay and
there's another 5 or 6 days at least for bidding to proceed.
the bidding is complete, the buyer has to pay and the order has to
figure another 5 to 10 days before the buyer actually receives the
in question. With aroid seeds, they will be lucky to get anything
recognizable as a seed in their shipment, much less anything viable.
The pictures make it really tempting to try to get the seeds. But
say, let the buyer REALLY beware on this one! If anyone here
try getting some of them anyway, I'm sure a lot of aroiders would love
to know how it turns out.
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