A friend in Tokyo recently sent me a batch of seeds, and included a few bulblets
from a plant at first he called a lily, but then said he doesn't know the name
of. The bulblets are green, about the size of a dime, and it is hard to tell
the top from the bottom. He told me to plant them on the surface of moist soil,
but not push them in or cover them. He sent this photo of the mother plant,
with various sizes of smaller plants around it, including some of the green
No. Should I need them? For a houseplant? Didn't have them for the Ginkgo,
Yuzu, or Persimmon seeds he sent either. Or one other Japanese plant he sent, I
think he called it "kudzu"? I didn't need those, so I just sprinkled them
around in the woods.
Yes, you do need them. And a CITES permit, too, if it's an orchid.
The regulations are there to help prevent accidental import of diseases,
insects, and other pests, and to help with endangered species.
Accidentally introducing a pest by casual imports of un-inspected goods
can be biologically and economically devastating. Asian longhorn beetle,
Dutch Elm disease, Striga asiatica, Medfly... they were all accidental
Someone in the sci.bio.botany group had the answer for me:
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