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  Re: [aroid-l] Calla lily
From: Steve Marak samarak at gizmoworks.com> on 2003.09.17 at 18:47:33(10593)
Replying to Dan's original message is one of many things I've meant to do
lately and found I hadn't ...

I don't claim much knowledge, but I've germinated open-pollinated seeds of
some my zantedeschia hybrids several times. It seems to be pretty easy -
as Susan said, clean off the pulp, then sow, no rest period or
stratification required. I don't know that drying will kill them, but it
seems (in my few experiments) to retard and reduce germination, so I don't
let them dry out.

The biggest problem for me is that they want to germinate and grow
immediately, which - when sown in the fall - is winter, requiring
greenhouse space which I need for other things. (I grow all my
zantedeschieas except aethiopica outdoors year-round - they're fairly
hardy - but they've never self-sown for me.) I've found that even small
seedlings can be gently led into dormancy, popped into some damp sand, and
stored cool (35 F, 1-2 C) until spring (or even the following spring,
should you overlook a few).


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