Chad Schroter
Mon, 05 Jun 2006 09:42:09 PDT
John,  I still have the 2 "princess lilies" I recieved from you in  a trade. They are in the ground - but have not spread much - perhaps  that accounts for the high price ?  I have not tried to divide  them - that would probably speed things up.
  The regular Ligtu and aurea forms I grow inside of 5 gallon plastic  pots with the bottoms cut out - sunk into the ground to rim level - to  control their spread. This works for 3-4 years before they need to be  re-freshed as the pot is 100% full of root.
  I also have a clear pink form with smallish flowers. It originally came  from the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden plant sale. It only gets 1-2 feet  high with a unique leaf structure - more of a whorl around the stem -  glaucous blue/gray color. A polite self sower. Attempts to transplant  pieces of the root almost always fail...
  Chad Schroter
  Los Gatos CA Zone 9

Floral Architecture <> wrote:  Jane,
The Princess lilies ('Zsa Zsa' and 'Paola') are hardy
here in OH. When I said that I left something off my
report, these were it.
I planted 2 pots (that were divided into 4 plants at
the time of planting) 2 years ago. 
They are up again this year. 
I will wait until my last day or so here before I pull
all the foliage off. I've found that pulling the
non-blooming foliage off in the spring helps force the
blooming stems for the summer. 
Mine are planted on a gentle slope facing north but it
is in full sun all day. The sun just came up and they
are already getting a direct hit. 
The soil is pretty heavy clay with a compost top (from
a few years of mulch). 
I tried 'Sweet Laura' a few years ago but it got
rather pushed out from the encroaching sweet woodruff.

I want to try a few more varieties this year but as
you said, $12 to $20 a pop, it is rather discouraging.
Not that I haven't spent that before, heck I've spent
$36 for 3 gal lantana for the patio only to be frozen
in the winter (it bloomed all summer though). 

John Ingram in L.A., CA. "Your Clivia Connection"
310.709.1613 (cell, west coast time, please call accordingly. Thank you)
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