To obtain Hippeastrum seeds from bulbs, it takes 3-4 years to mature and produce them. Hippeastrum seeds often comes from 'hybrid' bulbs. Which means crossbreeding, or put simply, pollinated from a nearby plant or gardener pollinated.
Seeds may produce plants that won’t be 100 percent similar to either parent plant. Instead, you might create a spectacular flower colour by sprouting and growing Hippeastrum seeds. Oldboy calls these CHAMPIONS!
Growing from seed is also cost-efficient as some bulbs are rare, and very expensive. This also offers an opportunity to hybridize something new and exciting.
Hippeastrum seeds come from pods, which take anywhere from four to six weeks to ripen. It’s best to let them go through the ripening process while still attached to the plant.
Filled within these pods are black paper-like thin seeds, the paper-thin coat protects the seed. This paper-like coating protects the seed and helps it to spread through the use of natural wind.
You will often hear the Hippeastrum community talk about "floating seeds".To float your seeds, select a container with a wide opening and fill it with water (tank water works best). Spread the seeds within the container, use a larger container for more seeds. A dinner plate can also work for more seeds. Set your container out of the sun, checking from time to time to ensure the water doesn't evaporate. After 1-4 weeks, you will see a root growing, once the root is 1 cm long you can safely plant it. (The root will end up swelling up to a tiny bulb) Or you can leave it in the water till the seed produces a green leaf.
You get good results also by planting the seeds into trays with good fertiliser. Liquid fertiliser is the key to success Oldboy says, you can get the liquid fertiliser he uses by clicking >here.
Compost or other organic matter can further enhance growth
Dampen the potting medium, it should be lightly moist and not soggy.
Place the seeds on top of the tray.
Once planted, Oldboy suggests using a sand bag or some sort of material to cover the seeds (to prevent wind blowing the seeds out and protect the seeds from the sun).
Don't be surprised if your mate asks why you are growing grass, because thats exactly what it will look like!
Continue to use liquid fertiliser throughout the process. We also recommend using a Soil tester to easily measure sunlight, soil moisture, temperature and soil pH. Our soil tester measures the 4 most vital statistics needed for consistant growing conditions of all kinds of indoor/outdoor plants.