Carnivorous plant enthusiast
Wow B. Never saw this before. I really got to see if I can find ramps here in store. I love the chive/spring onion/shallots family.
Long time since I've been here. Soon after I posted on 10/3, a friend showed me a Ramp patch near his house that is gigantic. All I could see of it was the seed heads with ripened seeds. I'm going to have to estimate the size, but it must have been at least 50 feet square, at least. I harvested a large bunch of the seed heads without even moving more than two feet from a spot. I cleaned them afterwards by rubbing them in my hands to remove the seeds from the seed ball. I blew on the chaff seed mixture in a shallow dish until most of the chaff blew away. I found two living caterpillars about 1/4" long that came out of the seed heads. I don't know what critter eats Ramps, but they were living. Too bad I didn't take a photo.
The seeds are black, not crinkled like leek seeds, and about 1/8" in Diameter. I guess I have about 100 of them. I was going to scatter them in a likely place near me, but I never got it done before the snow and freezes came. Now I think I am going to try and grow them in pots in a cool greenhouse, if my friend can spare some space for me. Otherwise, I'll start some at home and see what happens. I'll be sure to document it and post up what I find.
I gave the seeds to my friend and he sowed them in a professional greenhouse of about 15 acres. I that to say that he knows his seed sowing. Any way, no germination after one month. I suggested putting the flat in the refrigerator. He's done that and I haven't asked yet what happened. I have some seeds still dry in our freezer. I plan to sow some of them to see if they need a cold treatment before germination. Anyone know if they do?
Original bulb plantings thriving.
Inspected planting site last weekend and found 40 or so already waking up.
In addition, last fall I sowed over 1k seed in another site that I had picked out on the edge of my property.
Ramp seed are famous for low germination and requiring both a cold and warm period to germinate.
I wasn't sure I would find any signs of life.
I did find a few sprouts though