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dennisstck
Jun 3, 2015 2:42 PM CST
I have amaryllis seeds from seed pods formed by the plants. What do I do with them to get them to grow?
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RickCorey
Jun 3, 2015 4:57 PM CST
Welcome to ATP!

I hope someone with a clue answers, I'm just speculating based on what I've read. I know I get too wordy, so here's my short answer: I had little idea, but I found some references.

The medium-long answer is maybe:
- try 3-10 WEEKS at 65-75F,
- 1/16th inch deep in a peaty seed-sowing medium.
- germination is often slow and irregular
- " DO not dry off in the first year after sowing." - What does that even MEAN?

(When I hear that, I think about an overnight soak in hydrogen peroxide, diluted 1:32 from drugstore peroxide (1 ounce per quart))

If amaryllis is the genus "Hippeastrum" ... and maybe even if it isn't ... it sounds like USUALLY these are sold as bulbs or plants. They can also be divided in clumps. You may already know all this.

If true, the odds are good that your plant is a hybrid, not a "comes-true-from-seed" OP variety. But you might not care about the next generation being rather varied and unlike the parent. Or you might enjoy the variety, or experimenting with hybridization.

It's even possible that your plant is a self-sterile hybrid! You can test that by test-germinating a few seeds, once someone with experience says whether they have dormancy to overcome or stratification requirements.

Maybe the plant you collected seed from might have been cross-pollinated by something else interesting?

(I didn't find germination instruction in Tom Clothier's site.)

My old fallback, T&M's list of stratification requirements, said this:

Species: Amaryllis
Type : HHBB = Half-Hardy BulB
Germ Days 21-70 days
Germ temp 65-75
Media : Peaty
Sow Depth 1/16"
X: The "X" stands for slow and irregular germination.
Comments : DO not dry off in the first year after sowing.


(Does not need light to germinate.)
(Did not list any stratification requirements.)

Here's the "Parent Plant" entry in our database, for the entire genus "Hippeastrum" but I'm not finding lots yet about seeds ...
Amaryllis (Amaryllis)

Ah HAH! Here's a thread in the Forum, started by @greene:
The thread "First time collecting seeds" in Amaryllis and Hippeastrum forum

She cited a YouTube video:
The video called 'How to harvest Amaryllis seeds' by Charlie (The Amaryllis Man) Johnston helped me.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBUm6JuJb_w

Here's another YouTube video:
How to grow amaryllis seed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZMV734U54k

I didn't watch these - if you do, would you post your conclusions, or at least after you start the seeds, check back in and tell us how well it worked?

They sounded kind of like warm-weather plants to me ... were you going to bring them indoors over the winter? Or do you live in a temperate zone?

P.S. Some varieties have tags like "PPV" meaning Protecteed plant variety (I think). That only applies to asexual multiplication (bulbs, dividing and cuttings). I think it is always legal to use a plant for developing new varieties sexually (multiplying them by sprouting seeds).

dennisstck
Jun 3, 2015 7:19 PM CST
I did watch the videos you mentioned, lots of info there. Going to try what he did, in water and in soil. Will let you know how they do. Thks for the reply. It was extremely helpful to me.

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greene
Jun 3, 2015 10:08 PM CST
Welcome! dennisstck,
Hope you have good luck with your seeds. Thumbs up

As RickCorey mentioned, I have only just harvested the seeds and have not yet planted them; just hoping that my seed will prove to be viable because I have no clue what the variety is....but wait; there's more... Hurray! ...I just found the old photo. It is called 'Red & White'; it arrived as part of a trade.
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RickCorey
Jun 4, 2015 12:09 PM CST
Thanks very much, Dennis.

I hope you get a lot of spouts and some interesting crosses!

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woofie
Jun 4, 2015 2:12 PM CST
And I recall reading that Amaryllis seeds don't keep and should be sown as soon as possible.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.

dennisstck
Jun 4, 2015 3:02 PM CST
Yes, I needed to take care of the seeds immediately, cuz I read the same thing. They don't keep.
Thanks for all the help.....will let you know how this goes.....
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woofie
Jun 4, 2015 8:43 PM CST
Good luck with them!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.

dennisstck
Jun 5, 2015 9:59 AM CST
thanks.....

dennisstck
Jun 10, 2015 7:26 PM CST
I got root, I got some green.....................goody, goody, goody.
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woofie
Jun 11, 2015 10:41 PM CST
Yea! You're going to have to post pics! Thumbs up
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.

dennisstck
Jun 12, 2015 7:43 PM CST
I will if they survive. I started an apple tree from seed, it rooted, it sprouted, I planted it, and it died. Don't want to make that same mistake. The video's are so helpful. So will see how it goes. Going to plant in soil Amaryllis Man recommends.....
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Xeramtheum
Jun 13, 2015 5:37 AM CST
I collected seeds from my green amaryllis and planted them .. they took almost 2 weeks for them to start popping up. I planted some about a quarter inch below some potting mix and some on the surface and kept them on the dry side of moist. The covered ones sprouted first.

I've grown a lot of bulbed plants from seed and you have to be patient as it takes at least a year for them to form the bulb and then anywhere from a year or a few years for the bulb to mature enough to start blooming. This is my first time with amaryllis so I don't have clue as to how long it will take.

Here is what the seedings look like:

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dennisstck
Jun 13, 2015 9:52 AM CST
good luck

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