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Seeds from Fritallia

North Lincolnshire, United Kingdom Gb

Can anyone tell me when to plant these seeds, i collected some of them yesterday but do i plant now or wait till spring?



Hi! Sewingkilla.
Do you mean Fritillaria by any chance?
If so, the seeds may need stratification before they will germinate. Fritillarias are usually grown from bulbs, planted in the autumn, and do best in areas with cold winters. There is no reason why you shouldn't grow them from seed, but it could be quite a while before the bulbs develop to flowering size. I won't explain the process of stratification now, in case you decide not to go ahead.

26 Jun, 2009


if you so them now and leave them in a coldframe or something similar, the winter cold will break the seed dormancy. they will germinate in the spring and take 3-4 years to reach flowering size. i let the seed fall to the soil and let nature take its course.

26 Jun, 2009


Exactly Sbg. Stratification. Breaks winter dormancy. Well worth the wait though.

26 Jun, 2009


yes bamboo i did know the meaning of the term but many of our fellow goyers may not, thats why i did the brief description. breaking of dormancy is fascinating isnt it, as is flower initiation by wavelength of light.
one of natures clever designs.

27 Jun, 2009


Sorry Sbg, no implication in the remark, just backing up your statement. The whole subject of seed germination, optimum requirements, daylength etc. is, as you say, fascinating, but more than once I have discovered to my cost, how important a part it plays in successful plant raising.

27 Jun, 2009


thanks for all the info i think i'll just throw them on the woodland bit and let nature take its course!!!

27 Jun, 2009

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