Alberto Castillo ezeizabotgard@hotmail.com
Sun, 12 Jun 2005 18:16:15 PDT

>From: Carol Jensen <jorna@mobilixnet.dk>
>Reply-To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
>To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>,pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
>Subject: RE: [pbs] HIERONYMIELLA AUREA & amarygia PARKERI 'ALBA'
>Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 00:30:07 +0200
>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.
> >All the best
> >Alberto
> >
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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.

Hi Carol:
           Sounds sensible but the conditions must be not only cool but also 
very dry. It comes from a cold droughtland like the Ungernias.

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