Moraea villosa seed

Mary Sue Ittner
Thu, 19 Feb 2004 08:35:54 PST
Dear Susan,

If your seed is Moraea villosa, my experience has been that it is best 
started in the fall when it will get a change between day and night 
temperatures and then come up and be growing when it normally would be 
(winter to spring). You can refrigerate the seed in a jar until then. I've 
grown a fair number of IBSA Irid seeds that arrive in spring. I just hold 
then until the proper time for planting. As Alberto points out, there are 
summer growing Moraeas and they should be started in spring.

If you are interested in growing South African bulbs that are mostly from 
winter rainfall areas I highly recommend The Color Encyclopedia of Cape 
Bulbs by John Manning, Peter Goldblatt, and Dee Snijman.

Mary Sue

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