This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It may interest some of the readers of the Gardeners' Monthly to know how readily the Rich-ardia alba maculata can be grown from seed.
Last summer I allowed one bloom of the Rich-ardia to remain, for the purpose of obtaining seed, and partly to gratify my curiosity as to the exact character of the fruit, the time required for maturity, and the time required for the seed to germinate.
In twelve weeks after the fertilization of the flowers, which in the meantime had developed into a multiple fruit, consisting of slightly pulpy, three-seeded (occasionally four-seeded) berries crowded together on a fleshy axis, I obtained seed. These are nearly globular, and were thirty-six in number from twelve berries on this one spadix.
After drying the fruit whole a short time, to allow it to fully mature, I separated the seed, sowing the greater part at once. The remainder I placed in hot water, soaking them thirty-six hours, to determine whether or not this would facilitate germination. I then sowed them. Temperature 650.
After thirty-eight days they began to germinate, and to my surprise, all about the same time. The young plants are all growing nicely, but the soaking seems to have been of no obvious benefit.
New Albany, Ind.