How do you propagate Fritillaria? Actually Fritillaria seed ripens in mid to late summer and the seeds is best sown as soon as it ripe or soon after in autumn. While the older Fritillaria seed may still be viable it develops germination inhibitors that can make late sowings germinate erratically. The Fritillaria plants have evolved to have dispersal of their seed by the wind which results in their being adapted to germinating on the surface of the ground. So it is vital to sow the Fritillaria seed on the surface of the compost and not bury it any deeper. But the Fritillaria seeds should be covered by a layer of grit about ½ to 1cm deep to help retain moisture. The compost should be gritty (and so free draining) and a simple mix of ½ grit and ½ of loam-based compost works well.

Furthermore, water the pots and then place it in a cool, sheltered place out of doors such as in a cold frame. How do you germinate Fritillaria seeds? The Fritillaria seed actually requires a period of cold (but not freezing) to initiate germination, which means the pots can be left outdoors through the winter until they germinate which is usually in the spring. In mild winters it may be required to provide the cold period artificially by placing the pots in a refrigerator at about four centigrade. Check the Fritillaria seed regularly for any germination and then remove immediately to a bright place to prevent etiolating of the seedlings in the dark.

Once the Fritillaria seed is germinated keep the pots in a sunny position and keep watered throughout the growing season until the Fritillaria seedlings start to die down for their summer dormancy. While growing, the plant will benefit from a half-strength feed of a balanced fertilizer applied one a fortnight. By the end of the 1st year, the baby bulbs will be small and difficult to handle, so are better left to the end of their 2nd year before any re-potting. Expect a "typical" Fritillaria to take five to six years to flower from sowing.

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