Bulbils on the roots?

Diana Chapman rarebulbs@suddenlink.net
Fri, 24 Aug 2007 08:35:16 PDT
The Scilla hughii I have (and they ARE the genuine article - every time I 
mention them I get e-mails saying they aren't), form small bulbils along the 
roots.  They offset only occasionally.  I haven't checked out S. peruviana 
since I am not currently growing that species,  but it wouldn't surprise me 
if they do the same thing.

Telos Rare Bulbs

> Hi
> Mystery bulb time. I have just knocked out a choked pot of bulbs, thinking
> it was the same as the Scilla peruviana which I am splitting up. Hardy - 
> it
> has been outside under a tree. Bulbs currently 2 - 3cm in diameter.
> But
> a) it is not shooting new growth like all the others, but still has this
> years tired leaves
> b) it looks very similar to the scilla bulbs, and increases the same in 
> that
> I am splitting old root plates. Brownish tunic, some signs of yellowing
> around neck.
> c) it does not smell quite the same, sort of sweetish, (not pungent like
> allium)
> d) it has small bulbils forming along some of the roots
> In thought at first I had thrown seed in with the bulbs, but no, they are
> growing on the roots. Likely candidates are camassia, other than 
> leichtlinii
> (quamash or cusukii?), ornithogalum, galtonia; or something I have 
> forgotten
> all about. Leaves were probably long and channelled, not broad.
> Any ideas?
> Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone "wet and cool"
> Galtonias still in bloom, Colchicums are just starting to flower, first
> nerine showing colour.
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