Thinking of all methods of propagation I got to do over the years: seeds, stem, leafs and root cuttings, division, layering, in vitro culture, grafting, still growing plants from seed remains in the end the most provocative, challenging and rewarding (or disappointing) type of propagation. Maybe it is their magic: the embryo which lies inside, the bearer of two genetic sets of genes, set to carry further the hope, the possibility, the diversity…
The collection of a few alpine species from the Carpathian Mts. last summer, coupled with the fact that every year I would germinate a few species just to see the seedlings withering and/or finally dying in disapproval, made me decide to go the whole nine yards and bought an used 3 tier light stand. The first pleasant surprise (from many others that I hope will follow) was to see that the seeds of Puya coerulea, collected two years ago in Chile, have kept very well in the fridge. After placing them under lights, they germinated very promptly and are looking quite healthy. The unusual flower color of Puya coerulea is still unmatched by any other species that I know, not to mention the striking whitish-grey, spiny foliage.
The other equally delightful surprise was the good germination of Nomocharis aperta. Since I first saw a picture a few years ago, I couldn’t forget its beautiful flowers, and I was very glad to receive a few seeds through the Seedex (ORG & HP). Nomocharis is a Lilium relative, you can read a lot about it on the Pacific Bulb Society page – here. The seeds were soaked in a 1000 ppm GA3 solution for 24 hours and sown on 7 February. If everything goes well, I can look forward to see it flowering in about 3 years J. It should look something like the one in the image below – picture taken in the wild in China by Oron Peri (many thanks again).
Also all Arisaema, Aquilegia, Roscoea and Dianthus species are easy germinators and can bring someone much joy and satisfaction. I’ll have more images in the next post.