Leucojum trichophyllum

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Thu, 20 May 2004 08:43:21 PDT
Rodger Whitlock asked,

>Anybody had much luck with Leucojum trichophyllum? I have a few
>seedlings, but they're not doing well. My sense is that I have them
>in the wrong conditions, quite possibly the soil they're potted in.
>In fact, mine do so poorly that I really don't even have a good sense
>of what their growth cycle is like.

This plant -- both the white and pink forms, the pink being more robust -- 
grows extremely well in my bulb frames. It tolerates summer drying but does 
not seem to require severe drying. It produces a great many bulblets, which 
grow to flowering size in about 2 years. It can be crowded and flower well.

My plants are in covered but not heated frames in full sun, repotted every 
other year into very gritty soil and fed once in fall and 3 times in spring 
with soluble fertilizer. I grew the white ones from seed and bought the 
original stock of the pink ones from an English source. I have tried them 
in the rock garden but they haven't succeeded there.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon

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