Scoliopus biglovii

Mary Sue Ittner
Sat, 14 Feb 2004 08:20:36 PST
Dear All,

Some time ago I think it was Diane Whitehead who told us about Ian Young's 
web page where he writes weekly updates about what is going on in his bulb 
houses complete with pictures. He is in Scotland and I really liked the 
site. I had meant to go there every week, but have gotten busy (surprise) 
and forgotten. But one of our new members jogged my memory and the latest 
has a stunning picture of Scoliopus biglovii which he is obviously growing 
to perfection.…

There are also some gorgeous crocus and Narcissus (right on topic) images 
in this week's page.

I decided to write him as one bulb enthusiast to another and see if he'd 
help me with my Scoliopus and he has responded to my delight. Since mine 
are all finally coming up and I haven't lost them I hope I can now get it 
right. As we have talked on this list numerous times, some things just 
don't want to be completely dry in dormancy, even when in this case they 
won't have any rain between May and September most years.

Here's what he said:
"We have grown Scoliopus biglovii since about 1987 when we received a small
plant from a great old grower. All the plants that we now have been raised
from our own collected seed from this original and subsequent seedlings. It
takes us on average 4 years from seed to flowers - last years seed is just
germinating now.

The compost we use is a free draining loam based compost with some extra
leaf litter to add humus. We grow the seedlings in deep polystyrene
(Styrofoam) boxes as they like a deep root run. I get the feeling that you
are getting them too hot and dry in the summer, they hate that. We keep them
cool and moist in summer - this is not difficult as that is what a Scottish
summer usually is. They can withstand long dry periods in the summer but it
sets them back and they never seem to progress to flowering size. I think
that you are going to have to water them through the summer and give them as
much depth as you can as their roots will easily go down 50cms in search of

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers

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