This spring I greedily gathered seed from the rain lily that lives snugged up against the concrete curb and scattered them willy nilly hoping that I might have more MORE MOAR rain lilies. This is how I romantically pictured myself (minus the hat):
As far as I can tell nothing happened. The Johnny Appleseed technique did not work. Here. For me. So this time I will give the seeds some tender care because I really do want more MORE MOAR rain lilies.
When to sow: As soon as possible after collection. The seed cannot be stored.
Special treatment: None as far as I can tell but after the seeds germinate keep the new plants moist until the leaves reach a length of several inches to avoid forcing the little plants into dormancy.
Fresh or dried seed: Fresh only
Planting depth: Sow on potting soil. Cover lightly with sand.
Preferred temperature for germination: unknown to me
Days to germination: 2-4 weeks
Vegetative propagation: Rain lilies grow from bulbs and can be divided. Plant 4 inches deep to increase the number of bulbs; 8 inches deep for more abundant flowers.
These seeds really were easy to germinate.
Planted September; sprouted October 1. Looks like close to 100% germination.
Day temperatures ranged from 86-91; evening temperatures 60-74.
The media was potting soil covered with plastic wrap set in indirect light.