Scoliopus bigelovii

Rodger Whitlock
Fri, 28 Jan 2005 11:22:11 PST
On 27 Jan 05 at 17:35, Mary Sue Ittner wrote:

> I've been trying to grow Scoliopus bigelovii for years...

> I once heard someone who was growing it say that it needed
> to be kept absolutely dry during summer. My experience doing this
> has resulted in plants that although they have survived have not
> advanced at all. When I dumped the soil out to see if there was
> anything there I could barely make out some thin roots.
> Ian Young ... advised year round water and a very deep pot for the
> extensive root structure. This makes sense to me since most of the
> ones I've seen in the wild are close to water and could go down very
> far to get to the water table during their summer dormancy.
> Certainly the root structure that others have described did not
> match my plants that may have been desiccated in their dry soil
> without water for many months.

This sounds similar to the methods used by some of the experts to 
grow cyclamen species in containers: very deep pots sitting in about 
1/4" water during the summer.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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