Have just collected some seed from my Eucomis ..........has anyone any tips for when to sow and what medium is best ?
Mmmm.......I've only got 3 seeds so I think I'll hang on til the weather warms up. Thanks Edd
slices of leaf place vertically in compost is quite successful
Might be as quick in the long run though Edd
I'd do both
Also if you have one of the cultivars you'll need to do the bulb offsets or the leaf cuttings to get the same plant
I have dozens of baby bulbs from seed sowing a couple of years back. The seed germinates very easily (too easily, there are baby plants all round where the parents were growing). Don't be in too big a hurry to prick out the seedlings. Sow in a deep pot and let the plants grow in it until they get a decent size bulb underneath. Feed the babies with liquid fertiliser in the growing season. It speeds up the time it takes to reach flowering size.
Edd......I'd think year 3 rather than season 3. They can take a while to bulk up sufficiently before I'd risk planting out. I have 3 different types but I only grow in pots and bring in to cold G/H for serious winter. Waterlogging is a danger around here. I do grow on any offsets but was just interested to try them from seed as well.
Nutcutlet.......I was amazed to read about leaf cuttings.....I've never considered that method for Eucomis and not seen it suggested before. I'll certainly have a go at that next summer and see if I can get it to work. I shall of course happily blame you if I end up with hundreds of them
Berghill.......thanks for that. I've only harvested 3 seeds tho so I don't think I'll have too much of a problem pricking out
You can blame me for anything Philippa
I know it works because I saw the results. Unfortunately, as with many other cuttings, they weren't my results. Mine died