Over late winter my amaryllis plants flowered very well, and I decided to pollinate the flowers by brushing them with a small paintbrush. I succeeded with two plants and over the month of February they produced seed heads.  Now that the seed pods have dried and opened naturally it’s time to collect the seeds.

It will take a seed raised plant three years before it is strong enough to produce flowers, but the fun for me is the getting there.

They can be grown in seed compost, lightly covered and kept at a temperature of about 21c until germination. Or the seeds can be floated in water until they produce roots and then planted on.

Either way, the young seedlings should then be transplanted into 3inch (7.5cm) pots of multipurpose compost with added John Innes no.1