Roots Out the Drainage Holes

Lee Poulsen
Tue, 24 Oct 2006 17:05:42 PDT
Just my opinion, but I've grown a number of different species (they're 
really easy to grow in southern Calif.), and some are interesting, but 
nothing to write home about, while others are spectacular, either in 
color or form or both. I love all the different forms of L. aloides 
because they're so colorful and floriferous and easy to grow. A few 
others that I think would do well and be admired by everyone in any 
flower bed if they were more hardy and less mediterranean are L. 
contaminata, mutabilis, rubida, bulbifera, and of course viridiflora. 
(There are other really cool ones too, but these seem to be the most 
commonly available ones that I've seen and grown for a while.) The ones 
like the aloides clan, rubida, viridiflora, and bulbifera all have 
larger "petals" or florets or whatever they're called, and they're all 
vividly colored. So to me they are very showy and impressive potted 
flowering plants, so I like the ones that Brent and Becky are offering 
that are in this style as well. (There's one that I think of as a 
"yellow bulbifera".) But the one that I find the most impressive of all 
is the one that looks like a purple/lavender/violet bulbifera. I don't 
know what species were crossed to produce these colors because I've 
never seen any of the species that look like it. I wish one of the 
species did look like it. Since there isn't one like it, I feel no 
shame in growing this particular hybrid along with all the pretty 
species forms.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USDA Zone 10a

On Oct 24, 2006, at 3:49 PM, wrote:

> Judy,
> It may go without saying, but if you intend to bring certain pots into 
> the house....don't plunge them! None of my lachenalia are plunged and 
> so far (let me look for something wooden) things appear ok--and they 
> are perfectly portable.
> Is anyone growing the hybrids that Brent and Becky have been offering? 
> What do you think of them? I usually try to stick to species (just to 
> keep things somewhat under control), but have a couple of these coming 
> to play with...
> Carlo

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