The AFABEGO Seed Fund offers seeds of many begonias species : 214 ones in the last list !
About 300 bags were prepared and sent to begonias lovers during the 10 first months of 2015.
Below, you can read the reply to the questions we usually ask about seeds.
1. Who are the donors ?
- The Rochefort Begonia Conservatory and the Lyon Botanical Garden are the main donors and some Afabego members as well.
- All the Afabego members can give seeds.
- Some seeds come from foreign associations (especially Australian) with which Afabego members exchange seeds
- From time to time, Afabego orders seeds to suppliers as Peixoto (Brazil) or to associations as American Begonia Society
2. How get seeds ?
- The stamens must be ripe, they release pollen (try rubbing with a finger : if the stamens are ripe, we can see yellow pollen on it)
- The female flowers must be receptive
- In a glassroom or in a veranda, many plants grow together and can pollinate themselves ; so it is very important to manually pollinate for avoid hybridizations ; we can come stamens in contact with stigmas (photo 1) or we can remove pollen from a stamen to the pistil of a female flower with a small brush.
- Don’t forget : mark the flowers pollinated (with a label where you can write the date)
- It is good to repeat the pollination (three times) ; with some species, staminate flowers bloom before or after pistillate ones ; so self-fertilization is impossible !
- The fertilization is successful if the tepals of the pistillate flower, fall.
- It is good using two different plants of the same species ; better, use two different strains.
- We can too take staminate flowers when they are ripe and keep them in the freezer ; so we can use them the next year for pollinating ; it is very useful with the species whom the pistillate flowers bloom before the staminate ones.
- The donors must not give seed of species they don’t know the true identity
- We cannot receive hybrids seed because we don’t know what we’ll get from a sowing.
- Wait till the fruits are ripe before harvest them (they are dry and brown (see the photo 2) ; we must get them from the plant ; if a fruit falls, it means the seeds are not good.
4. How preserve seeds ?
- You must let dry the fruits for two weeks in an open container
- When they are dry (seeds fall), riddle for rule out the vegetal waste ; use a sieve
- So, you can put seeds into a paper bags as the philatelic ones (not use a plastic one)
- Label carefully the bag (before put the seeds for avoid crush them ) and write the name of the plant, the harvest date and maybe, your donor name.
- Put the bags in a hermetically box and keep refrigerated
- You can keep in freezer (-18°C = 0°F)
5. Longevity of the seeds
- We can preserve 5 years seeds kept refrigerated ; the germinal power reduces a few each year
- The ones preserved in freezer can keep it a more long time
6. The Afabego seed list
- The list is updated when we add or take out seeds
- The date of the last updating is always show
7. Who can order seeds ?
- All the Afabego members who have paid one’s subscription can order seeds
- The order form can be downloadable on the web site
- You have to pay 1,80 euro a bag ordered.
- All orders must be accompanied by the payment in euros
- Payment by Paypal is possible
8. And then ?
- Informations about sowing : see the cultivation guide
- Donors would like have news about your sowing, success or failure. Thank you !