Scoliopus bigelovii

Rodger Whitlock
Wed, 26 Jan 2005 15:54:53 PST
Four seedlings of Scoliopus bigelovii have come back to life this
winter after being repotted early last summer. For reasons I don't
remember, I repotted the actual growing points in a layer of fine,
sharp granite grip above the soil in the pot.

Perhaps there had been some discussion here indicating that fungal 
infections often destroy potted scoliopus, leading me to place the 
growing points in a layer totally free of organic matter.

I am particularly pleased because this pot went through a hot, dry 
summer and wasn't always watered. I kept it in the shade, but 
often let it go dry and every time I did so, worried that the 
seedlings had perished.

The plants are being handled as though somewhat frost-tender, being 
put into protection when sub-freezing weather threatens, and brought 
out again when the weather moderates. I'm doing this because my 
previous attempt to grow scoliopus saw the seedlings disappear one 
winter in a covered coldframe.

So my question is, now what? Any advice on scoliopus culture? In 
particular, any idea if there's a fertilizer they would respond to?

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

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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