HOW TO PROPAGATE THE SNAKES HEAD FRITILLARY - Fritallaria meleagris




As a native to Britain, the Snake's Head FritillaryFritillaria meleagris is relatively easy to propagate. This can be done either by division when the bulbs are dormant at the end of the summer, or by collecting and sowing viable seed.

Collect the seed as soon as they ripen – around June or July - otherwise dormancy can set in and it can then take a year or so before germination occurs.

Before you sow your seed however, you will need to make a change in your seed compost recipe in order to help optimise the germination results. Simply make up a mix of 1 part perlite or horticultural grit to 2 parts John Innes seed compost. Sow them thinly – as this will avoid the need to prick out the delicate seedlings later, and then cover the seed with a thin layer of compost carefully adding no more than ¼in of horticultural grit on top. Place outside in a shady spot, but open to the weather and if you have collected the seed early enough germination can start to occur as soon as 1 month.

It's important to keep the compost moist throughout the summer and once most of the seeds have germinated, they can be moved into a cold-frame or well lit spot in the garden. At this point they can be given an occasional liquid feed as this will help to prevent problems with loss of nutrients due to leaching. Grow them on for at least another year before transplanting out into a moist, semi shaded position in August when the plants become dormant.

For related articles click onto the following links:
HOW TO GROW FRITILLARIA IMPERIALIS FROM SEED
THE SNAKES HEAD FRITILLARY

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