fall crocus, Eranthis, et al.

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Fri, 13 Aug 2004 10:21:01 PDT
John INgram wrote,
.> The Frits [imperialis] I have tried them in several spots
>over the years and they never even emerge and if they
>do, it is one leaf or two and then poof.

This is the usual experience that gardeners have with commercially 
purchased bulbs of Fritillaria imperialis. I don't know whether it's that 
the bulbs can't stand to be out of the ground, or whether they are all so 
virus-infected that they can't adapt to life outside the carefully 
controlled conditions of the Dutch bulb farm and warehouse. I suspect that 
both are true. The bulbs I have purchased did emerge, but the foliage was 
invariably badly distorted and streaked -- virus symptoms.

One occasionally sees healthy-looking stands of F. imperialis in old 
gardens, and it would make sense to obtain offsets from these to see if 
they can adapt better to cultivation in North America.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon

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