Cardiocrinum giganteum

Discussion in 'HortForum' started by Bill, Nov 3, 2003.

  1. Bill

    Bill Active Member 10 Years

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    West Van
    I understand that Cardiocrinum seeds do not tolerate drying and must be used when fresh.

    What is the best way to germinate them? I would think that shallow pans with a cover of sand might do it - I wouldn't want to trust seedlings to the garden as these plants seem to be like catnip to slugs.
  2. Chris Klapwijk

    Chris Klapwijk Active Member 10 Years

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    Black Ceek, B.C., Canada

    No special treatment required for Cardiocrinum seeds.

    They germinate readily if kept in a cold, shaded frame or sheltered position in a regular potting mix. Germination is epigeal, the cotyledon usually growing out in late winter or early spring. Transplant when large enough to handle. Grow in a sheltered position for 3 or 4 years before transplanting to flowering site.

    Other than slugs, small rodents are a threat also. Seed grown plants are usually more vigorous and larger than plants produced by offsets
  3. pnwjudy

    pnwjudy Member

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    Edmonds WA
    fresh seed?

    My first Cardiocrinum bloomed this year and the stalk is still there, still green, but the pods are starting to look a little drier but not yet split open.
    Should i open the pods to get at the seed, or wait for them to split on their own?
    If I wait will the seed still be fresh?
    I would like to leave the stalk and pods intact for drying and decorative purposes if possible, but I do want to get at the seed at the right time.

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