Is eremurus high or low water?

Jane McGary
Sat, 16 Sep 2006 10:36:19 PDT
Nan asked,

>I've been researching Eremurus but can't seem to find much on its
>irrigation requirement.  Is this a low water or regular water bulb?

Most Eremurus species are native to Central Asia, where they grow in a 
climate similar to that of the Intermountain West of the United States. As 
a result, they are remarkably successful in such US areas as Colorado, 
where they experience somewhat dry winters, spring moisture, and dry 
summers relieved by "monsoon" rains late in the season. In climates with 
wet, open winters, such as I have in western Oregon, they require extremely 
good drainage to survive and do not flourish. I've heard of them being 
grown commercially here in poly hoop houses. I have a few in the garden but 
they are poor specimens compared to those in Colorado or eastern Oregon.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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