Sprekelia howardii

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Wed, 28 Jun 2006 06:45:46 PDT
Hi all,

I had one bulb of Sprekelia howardii bloom here this spring -- the first 
bloom I've ever had of  S. howardii.  I unfortunately did not save any of 
the pollen, but I will definitely save pollen form future blooms of this 

I had one small seedling bulb produce one tiny offset.  Both mother and 
offset are still too small to disturb.  If or when this clone flowers, I'll 
certainly try to get seed form it.  The tendency to make offsets may be 

I've found in more common forms of Sprekelia that planting the bulb very 
shallowly in a shallow pot can promote formation of offsets without 
damaging the bulb.  It may also inhibit flowering......

Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

At 02:19 PM 6/28/2006 +0200, you wrote:
>Dear Doug,
>It is frustrating to have only one bulb that does not offset or set 
>seed.  .........
>greetings from Germany,

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
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