Carol Jensen jorna@mobilixnet.dk
Sun, 12 Jun 2005 15:30:07 PDT
At 20:29 12-06-2005, Alberto Castillo wrote:

>                   All Hyeronimiellas develop long necks that must be underground, only the leaves protruding from the soil level. H. aurea is an alpine plant that spends the winter in dormancy under snow. It comes from a cool droughland plateau high in the Andes where it is never warm. Its soil in the wild is a mix of several sizes of sand and a sort of silt.  The plants sprout in late spring and receive water during late spring, summer and early autumn, flowering in mid to late summer. Dormancy is from late autumn to midspring. The temperatures in the wild can be deceiving as the bulbs are deep in the soil and under a thick layer of snow. In other words, the envronment is pretty cold but the bulbs may not. In climates like this here (say zone 9-10) the plants only produce foliage and although surviving many years never flower. Alkaline soils and full sun in the wild.
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I am wondering if one puts such a cold-needing bulb in the fridge for a month or two (just as I put my amaryllis in 10C-50F temperature for 2 months) in order to make it flower. This for indoor gardeners of course. Or one could put the outdoor ones in a pot and then in the fridge, then move them outdoors in the pot.


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