Amaryllis and Hippeastrum forum: Questions and help please for seed sprouting

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Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Altheabyanothername
May 20, 2017 1:30 PM CST
I had never gotten around to sprouting last year's seeds. Awhile ago I put the seeds in a water and hydrogen peroxide mixture in a clear plastic container. They began to sprout and I waited until I saw quite a few green tops. I have large styrofoam cups with holes in bottom. To which I added to the bottom half some coconut disk, rinsed and on top is an equal amount of seed starter rinsed with water/ hydrogen peroxide. Then I opened the seeds and it smelled.
1) Did I mess up by not periodically changing the water?
2) Most but not all have a red splotch on them, is that a disease, bacteria because I did not change the water, or normal because they will be red amaryllis?

I dunked them in fresh water and hydrogen peroxide and planted 30. I still have alot left in various stages. Should I at this point
3) change their water (I see red dots on some of them) or I messed them up and toss. I will have hundreds of seeds from this year to try again.
Thank you for any help you can provide!

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Name: Barbara
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bsharf
May 21, 2017 10:01 AM CST

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I can't answer this since I've never sprouted Amaryllis seeds. Perhaps someone on this forum can answer this question.
Name: Christie
43016 (Zone 6b)
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cwhitt
May 22, 2017 9:09 AM CST
The smell is probably not good, but I would go ahead and plant all of them. I have had some seedlings with a red leaf or red splotch before. I don't think it is the deadly amaryllis virus, but some other problem. When this happens, I remove and destroy the red/splotched leaf, and the rest of the leaves usually are fine and stay green. If you only have one leaf and it is red, I would leave it and wait for the next leaf to grow, then remove the red one. I'm not sure if it is an actual disease, or just a sign of distress, but I do seem to get them if I water too much. Hope this helps, and good luck on your babies - keep us posted!
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Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Altheabyanothername
May 22, 2017 9:32 AM CST
I went ahead and pulled out the better ones and put in fresh water and hydrogen peroxide and dumped the rest. The next set I start sprouting, I think I will sprout smaller amounts of seeds in containers.

Christie-- Do you sprout in water and hydrogen peroxide,? If so do you keep the container tightly closed and periodically change the water? That smell was bad in so many ways. Probably something bad for the seeds and my hands and nose. Could I have done anything differently?

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Name: Christie
43016 (Zone 6b)
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cwhitt
May 22, 2017 10:23 AM CST
I sprout mine in a bowl of plain tap water, uncovered. If it evaporates, I just add some more water to keep them floating. Once they get a good root, I go ahead and plant them in sterile soil.
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