Leucojum roseum

Rodger Whitlock totototo@mail.pacificcoast.net
Sun, 30 Nov 2003 11:30:17 PST
On 26 Nov 03 at 22:08, John Lonsdale wrote:

> ...In my hands L. roseum is very slow to increase and more prone to
> rot.

It reaches flowering size very quickly from seed. I have had seed
sown in January give flowering bulbs 18 months later. The seeds were
originally sown in a 3.5" plastic pot; once they germinated and
roots were appearing at the drain holes, the entire soil mass was
carefully potted on as a whole in a 6" pot (one of those square "one
gallon" pots that a lot of nursery stock comes in). They were fed
fairly liberally.

> ... I have never tried it outside and doubt it would 'do' at all.

It's definitely considerably more tender than L. autumnale. I 
consider L.autumnale to be fully hardy, but L.roseum must live in a 
pot protected from any but the lightest frosts.

Jane McGary mentioned in passing that for her L. autumnale is 
marginally hardy, demonstrating the significance of maritime 
influence on climate -- Victoria is nearly surrounded by saltwater.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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