Seeds forum: Albuca Spiralis Seed Pod!

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Mar 17, 2016 8:57 AM CST
Success!!!!!! After years and years of hand pollinating my Albuca Spiralis with no success and talking with fellow gardeners at Cypress Gardens who also were having no success I was determined to get me some seeds! I did an exhaustive search for information last fall and finally found a site with explicit instructions on how to do it. A bit skeptical because microwaving pollen was involved, when my Albuca started bloooming I followed the instructions and hand pollinated 3 flowers and one took!!!!!! You can bet I'll be hand pollinating more flowers as they come up. I am THRILLED to say the least since A. spiralis seeds are way hard to come by and the bulbs don't multiply.

Here are the instructions - http://www.pacificbulbsociety....

Two clones are often necessary to produce seeds but exceptions such as Albuca spiralis do exist. In the event that only a single clone exists, seeds can be made by microwaving the pollen for 15-20 seconds, then mixing with fresh pollen and applied twice a day to the pistil for several days. Because most species rarely produce offsets, growing from seed is the best way to increase stocks, and is usually the only way to obtain most species. All species, however, are easily raised from seed, sown at about the same time adult plants come into active growth. Fresh seed often germinate within a week of sowing, often with 100% germination. The seed is short lived however and probably needs to be started within six months for good germination.



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G'Kar
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Name: Mary
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Pistil
Mar 17, 2016 11:40 AM CST
Wow- I got one of these this winter, and tried to pollinate it myself, no luck.
Microwaving it? How did anyone figure this out!
15-20 seconds seems like a long time, but next year I will try. Does your plant go dormant after flowering?
Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Mar 17, 2016 12:51 PM CST
We can here your exuberant enthusiasm, Anne! For those that want to look at the link, it won't work unless you take the period at the end off.

There was a recent discussion on this very subject on the PBS list, and I'm sure it's been talked about before, too. If you want to know more about it, go here, and search for "microwave pollen" or some such, in the archives.
http://pacificbulbsociety.org/...
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Mar 17, 2016 2:54 PM CST
Thanks for the heads up Rick, I fixed it.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

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Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
Mar 28, 2016 7:21 PM CST

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Wow! I've never heard of microwaving pollen before, and would never have thought it possible.

Thanks for sharing this, Anne, and helping us all learn something new.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Mar 28, 2016 7:32 PM CST
You're welcome! I now have 6 pods growing!
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

G'Kar
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Mar 28, 2016 8:11 PM CST

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Xeramtheum said:You're welcome! I now have 6 pods growing!
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
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Pistil
Mar 28, 2016 9:27 PM CST
Yay!
Maybe I can try this next winter on my 'Frizzle Sizzle'.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus Hybridizer Garden Sages Butterflies
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Xeramtheum
Mar 29, 2016 6:02 AM CST
Mary do indeed! It's amazing how well it works.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

G'Kar

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