Greg's seedlings still growing

Kim Roberts k.roberts at ACTRIX.CO.NZ
Mon May 6 04:59:27 CEST 2002

I subscribed to Chris Chadwell's 2000 expedition hoping to get lots of
Arisaema. I got A. costatum and an A. sp.
I planted half the A. costatu, seeds Dec. 2000 (our summer) and them
germinated in about 5 weeks - nice wee seedlings. The rest I planted July
2001, they also germinated and what's more, the first lots came up again
Spring 2001 as did the A.sp. As to the other seeds, Saussurea obvallata came
up very quickly and disappeared almost as quickly! S. gossypiphera I managed
to keep going for 3 1/2 months so, hopefully, it will come up again next
I have one Androsace sp. seedling and some geranium seedlings still going,
and out of 50 packets of seed that's about it! An expensive exercise!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Diane Whitehead" <ua024 at VICTORIA.TC.CA>
Sent: Monday, May 06, 2002 10:13 AM
Subject: Greg's seedlings still growing

> A group of us in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, pooled our money and
> bought a full share in Greg Ruckert's China expedition.  We divvied up the
> seeds equally, and I got one of most offerings, and occasionally two or
> three.  19 species germinated for me - ie the radicle emerged - but I
> didn't make note of how many produced cotyledons or leaves.  Now I have
> just searched my collection of pots and find that one, #8841 (A. bogneri)
> has three corms, and that is the sum total of my investment adventure. The
> other pots are empty.
> My bogneri is currently still dormant, but I hope I will be able to donate
> seed - surely with three plants that will be possible.
> What about the rest of the group?
> I have noticed that Roy Herold sometimes uses a similar numeric code for
> his seed donations.  Are these from plants grown from Greg's seeds?
> The seeds that germinated for me were numbered thusly:
> 8630, 8841 (still alive)
> 9222, 9417, 9549, 9554
> 9614, 9654, 9657, 9660, 9661, 9665, 9669, 9671, 9674, 9677, 9678
> 10112, 10113
> Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
> zone 8, cool mediterranean climate (rainy winter, dry summer)

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