Pacific Bulb Society Celebrates Its 100th BX Offering

Dell Sherk
Tue, 16 Aug 2005 18:32:57 PDT
Dear All,

Since the first offering of the Pacific Bulb Society's BX (Bulb and Seed
Exchange) in July of 2003, we have received so much wonderful plant material
from our members that we are now up to BX 100.  In celebration of this
milestone, we make this offering available to ALL MEMBERS OF THIS LIST, not
only to dues-paying members of PBS. All items cost $2.00 each to cover our
expenses for shipping. (Note that the irises are specially priced.) If you
are interested in any of these items, please contact me privately at Be sure to send your snail-mail address. First come,
first served. A bill will accompany your order. A surcharge of $4.00 per
order will be placed on non-seed shipments to addresses outside the US.

1. From Joyce Miller: divisions of Oncocyclus iris hybrids ($4.00 for two
divisions)   "Oncocyclus iris are
exquisitely veined in standards and falls.  They come from the Near East and
are extremely difficult to cultivate, largely because of their climatic
needs.  Their habitat is hot dry summer, heavy spring and fall rains and
relatively dry winters.  Oncocyclus breeders have crossed them with the
bearded iris for greater ease in cultivation.  The cross suffers some loss
of markings.   The higher the percentage of bearded iris, the easier they
are to grow.  These iris have been about 5 years in my garden and bloom has
been decreasing annually.  I must assume that the surviving rhizomes have a
higher percentage of  bearded iris.  Sacramento winters are usually 25
degrees Fahrenheit so they can winter over unprotected.  In colder climates,
cold frame cultivation is recommended.   For photographs of these exquisite
plants check out this website. "

 From Mary Sue Ittner:

2. Bulbs of Oxalis hirta -- blooms better for me with deep pot, fall
3. Bulbs of Oxalis purpurea (white) -- increases rampantly in ground, beware
in Mediterranean climate, although it does have a long period of bloom if
planted in a sunny spot.

From Jim Shields:

4. Lachenalia rosea
5. Lachenalia rubida
6. Lachenalia bulbifera
7. Lachenalia viridiflora

8. Seed of Crinum bulbispermum

From Gary Meltzer:

9. Seed of Clivia miniata
10. Seed of Gloriosa superba

From Dell Sherk:

11. Bulbs of Lachenalia pusilla

From Jim Waddick:

12.  Seed of Crinum bulbispermum 'Jumbo'  " I obtained the original seed
from Marcelle Sheppard a few years ago. They have grown into large hardy
perennials here in Zone 5b. Plants have glaucous leaves over 6 ft long and
scape to about 3 ft. I believe Ms. Sheppard named these  'Jumbo', but they
are identical or close to the 'Sacremento' seed strain developed by Les
Hannibal. They have wintered over here with very little protection. They
make excellent garden specimens These tend to be solitary plants producing
very few or no pups so must be propagated by seed which are very easy. These
large seed will geminate quickly. My procedure is to press the seed into a
loose soilless mixture in pots sitting in shallow water. Seeds will
germinate quickly, but seedlings need some protection here their first
winter.  Flowers are near pure-white to deep pink/red.

13. From an anonymous donor:  Bulblets of Ornithogalum caudatum

14. From Tsuh Yang Chen  seed of Sinningia aghensis

Thank you, to all donors!

Happy 100th!


--Dell Sherk, Director, Pacific BX

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