Tuesday, March 15, 2011

And the seed opens...

...with some help. After weeks of watching the amaryllis seed bulb get bigger and bigger and not show any sign of opening I got impatient. So I Googled a bit - because everything on the internet is obviously reliable - and discovered that the bulb should open within about 3 weeks of forming. Mine had been sitting there for two months.So I took matters into my own hands and ripped it open. I was pleasantly surprised to actually find seeds! While rather large, they were paper thin and totally black.I sorted through them; the only ones that are viable are those with a slight bump in the center, indicating a fertilized seed. There's so many seeds within the pod that not all are going to sprout.After sorting through I planted several of them. I don't have high hopes for them, but it would be neat if some grew into baby bulbs.


  1. You see, this is where I always got bogged down...not having high hopes...take heart now because you will be amazed what life lies in those seeds.

  2. Cool! Please keep us updated on how the seeds to when you plant them!

  3. I wish I had known about this technique earlier, I definitely would have had a go at it myself> Next season!