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Re: Re: Re: TClothier site

Your reply is quite helpful.  I wanted to give this a shot because 
these are beautiful plants but too expensive to buy more.  I wasn't 
expecting any great success, but was willing to try.  Your friend's 
results does give me hope though.  These seeds aren't quite ready to 
harvest but I'm keeping my eye on them - maybe this weekend. The pod is 
still soft, thick, waxy. The leaves had just yellowed and this am I see 
they are going brown.


----- Original Message -----
From: Marge Talt <mtalt@hort.net>
Date: Thursday, June 26, 2003 11:53 pm
Subject: Re: Re: Re: [CHAT] TClothier site

> Well, Kitty, if I had gotten farther down in the backed up mail
> (being gone 2 days really loads the old inbox), I'd have seen that
> Donna found the URL.
> What I'd do is sow the seed now so it doesn't dry out (or if already
> dry, doesn't get any drier).  It will just sit there as it would in
> nature and wait for the right temperature to germinate (once sown,
> needs to not be allowed to dry out).  If you have a way to take care
> of the seedlings, should they germinate in January, you can go ahead
> and sow and put in the fridge.  But, from what I've read, the key to
> some frit seed is that you have got to sow fresh or it simply won't
> germinate as it has a very short life span - meleagris is one of
> those, I know. Some of them benefit from oscillating temperatures,
> which is why they seem to germinate best if the pots are left outside
> over winter - it is really a pain to try to recreate this inside.  My
> take on leaving pots of seed outside over winter is that they need to
> be sown and placed outside while temperatures are still warm so they
> can cool down with the weather.  If sown so they start imbibing
> moisture and swelling, for instance, in January inside where they are
> warm and then put straight out into freezing temperatures, they can
> rupture. (I do not have any scientific testing of this theory; just
> observation of what's happened when I've done that and had no
> germination versus having sown in autumn or late summer and left pots
> out - so I could be out of my mind here).
> Seems to me that the genus Fritillaria has more variation in
> germination requirements than most any I've run into.
> Just took a look at my file on seeds and found a post from Kristl
> Walek (Garden North Seeds), saved in April, so it probably was posted
> around that month, saying that she'd had about 100% germination from
> a list of frits sown and left outside over winter, including
> radeanna, FWIW.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
> Editor:  Gardening in Shade

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