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Re: Sprekelia howardii
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2011, 10:32:15 PM »
I haven't dug around the bulbs to see how large they are.  I suppose perhaps an inch in diameter, maybe?  The pots are only 5.5 inches square.  Maybe I'll see if I can tell in autumn after they go dormant.  I don't want to disturb the roots.
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Re: Sprekelia howardii
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2011, 10:48:54 PM »
Thanks Jim
my bulb being approximately 2 cm, creed is well not to disturb
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Re: Sprekelia howardii
« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2011, 06:22:11 PM »
I've ended up with only two seed pods on my howardii, in spite of having pollinated a half-dozen flowers.  If I can catch those seeds just as they ripen, I'll send them all to the Pacific Bulb Society BX.  If I miss them a day, they'll be scattered to the four winds.

The larger seed pod is about an inch (2.5 cm) in diameter.

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Re: Sprekelia howardii
« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2011, 06:56:41 PM »
Jim

Why don't you use T-sac tea bags
see: T-sac

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Re: Sprekelia howardii
« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2011, 08:05:09 PM »
Roland,

That is an excellent suggestion!  In fact I have some cloth string-bags in my work room.  I bought them many years ago, but I just never think of them. 

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Re: Sprekelia howardii
« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2011, 08:25:18 PM »
Hosiery works great as well!

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Re: Sprekelia howardii
« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2011, 08:41:28 PM »
I don't think I know anyone who owns hosiery!  I haven't seen my wife or daughter wear any in years.  I'd better stick with the string bags.

I have used the string bags a few times in the past.  They are strictly a short-term solution; they hold water and promote rot if left in place more than a couple days.

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Re: Sprekelia howardii
« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2011, 09:16:56 PM »
T-sac tea bags cost only a few cent
and most important , they breathe

the ones in the poly-tunnels , I reuse a few times
I use mini clips to close them

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Re: Sprekelia howardii
« Reply #23 on: July 20, 2011, 06:18:43 PM »
The first seed pod split open this morning and I collected all ca. 50 seeds.  The second pod is almost ready to pop.

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Re: Sprekelia howardii
« Reply #24 on: July 20, 2011, 06:27:38 PM »
Sounds promising :)
maybe 100 seeds  8)

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Re: Sprekelia howardii
« Reply #25 on: July 20, 2011, 08:21:31 PM »
Congratulations Jim, We are all watching the PBS BX postings,  ;)
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Re: Sprekelia howardii
« Reply #26 on: July 22, 2011, 07:25:37 PM »
The second seed pod started to split so I collected it as well.  It looks like a total of around 75-80 viable seeds were obtained, since the second pod was rather smaller than the first.  As soon as they dry just a bit more, I'll send them off to the PBS BX. 

I look forward to a geometric increase in the number of bulbs of Sprekelia howardii growing in cultivation in the future.

Jim
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