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Nov 28, 2016 2:23 PM CST
Hi I have watched the videos on how to strike the amaryllis seeds. My question is this. When you use the water method and the seeds strike but sink will those seeds continue to survive under water or should you fish them out and put them in soil. The roots vary in length but some of the sink before they develop a top shoot.
Name: Daisy I
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Nov 28, 2016 3:50 PM CST

I'm not sure what you mean by "strike".

And I have never heard of floating Amaryllis seed in water to get them to germinate. But I did some research. From what I read, you should have bailed them out of the water when the first shoots were 1 cm long. That first shoot would be a root. So if you have roots and leaves, I would think you should have planted them quite awhile ago.
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Nov 28, 2016 4:38 PM CST
Strike/striking (transitive) (of a plant) to produce or send down (a root or roots)

I learned from "The Amaryllis Man" Charlie Johnston on YouTube. Here are two examples of his videos.

Being that I am old and forgetful, I left the seeds in the water-filled container quite a while and most of them were just fine. The seeds are determined to grow so our mistakes don't hinder their progress. Since this method was new for me and the first time I was trying to sprout/strike/germinate/grow Amaryllis/Hippeastrum seeds, I started a thread to document my progress. I did not pay too much attention to the sink or float; only looked for roots.
The thread "First time collecting seeds" in Amaryllis and Hippeastrum forum
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