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  Sauromatum venosum seeds
From: "Jaime Rodriguez" <jaime at matnet.com> on 1997.12.22 at 06:11:10(1780)
Hi All!

The Sauromatum Venosum seeds I got just started germinating! I sowed them
in moistened promix, just pressed into the surface, in a clear plastic
salad container from my local grocery store salad bar. I cleaned the flesh
from berries first. I was getting concerned, because most of the seeds
grew a coating of fungus fuzz. It turns out the skin coating on the
surface of the seed was rotting, but the seed itself is unaffected. I
pricked one out to investigate it more closely, discovered the rotting
skin, and a healthy radicle protruding from the seed! A little closer
inspection revealed that instead of the high mortality I feared, I am
getting very high germination! Now I just need to figure out where I am
going to plant 40 sauromatums!

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From: Don Burns <burns at mobot.org> on 1997.12.22 at 06:44:40(1787)
On Mon, 22 Dec 1997, Jaime Rodriguez wrote:

> I was getting concerned, because most of the seeds
> grew a coating of fungus fuzz. It turns out the skin coating on the
> surface of the seed was rotting, but the seed itself is unaffected. I
> pricked one out to investigate it more closely, discovered the rotting
> skin, and a healthy radicle protruding from the seed! A little closer
> inspection revealed that instead of the high mortality I feared, I am
> getting very high germination! Now I just need to figure out where I am
> going to plant 40 sauromatums!

Jaime,

As I recall, Brian Capon in his latest book on botany for non-botanists (I
am at the office and do not have the book to quote title and verse) says
the formation of a fungus is a normal part of germination for many seed
types. I have noticed this phenomena on many of the Anthurium seed I
have germinated. Sometimes the fungus growth is visible only under a
magnifying glass. The fungus growth seems to diaappear when the monocots
begin to appear.

Don

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