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How to Get Seeds From an Amaryllis

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Overview

With glossy green leaves sprouting from bulbs in the ground and long stems sporting large trumpet-like flowers, the amaryllis is an impressive plant to see. Flower colors range from pure white to yellow, orange, pink or red with many varieties being bi-colored, with striped, splashed, and flared designs. While amaryllis is usually propagated by bulb division, it can be easily grown from seeds collected from pods. Getting amaryllis seeds starts with pollination of your flowers.

Collecting Seeds

Step 1

Pollinate each open flower by picking up pollen from an anther, one of the projections within the flower, using the paintbrush and dust it on the stigma, the longest of the projections. The tip of the stigma will have three prongs, will be sticky and will pick up the pollen readily.

Step 2

Watch your amaryllis plant. Within a few days the flowers will wither and the seed pods will form. They will turn yellow when they are almost ripe.

Step 3

Gather the pods as they ripen, usually in a few weeks. Picked too early, the seeds may not be viable; too late and the seeds will have already being scattered.

Step 4

Collect seed pods when they turn tan or brown. The pods will be brittle and have a papery outer shell with multiple seeds inside.

Step 5

Cut the seed pods when they begin to split and place them in a paper bag and seal it. Write the plant name, date, place it was gathered and any other important information to make it easier to identify them later.

Step 6

Place the bag in a dry, well ventilated area. Allow the seed to continue to ripen over the next few weeks.

Step 7

Place the seed pods in a bowl and break them apart to remove the seeds from the pods and remove any chaff from any seeds, once fully ripened. The seeds will be black, flat and papery.

Step 8

Separate the seeds and place them in a small container or envelope for future planting and label it accordingly.

Tips and Warnings

  • Some amaryllis may be difficult or even impossible to pollinate with their own pollen. Try cross-pollinating varieties. You may be pleasantly surprised with what pops up.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper bag
  • Marker or pen
  • Large plastic bowl
  • Small container or envelope

References

  • AmaryllisBulbs.org
  • University of Florida
  • Landscapepro.com
Keywords: amaryllis propagation, amaryllis seed pods, amaryllis pollination

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In Jacksonville, Fla., Frank Whittemore is a content strategist with over a decade of experience as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy and a licensed paramedic. He has over 15 years experience writing for several Fortune 500 companies. Whittemore writes on topics in medicine, nature, science, technology, the arts, cuisine, travel and sports.

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