Jim McKenney
Wed, 31 Jan 2007 09:44:09 PST
Thanks for adding more information to this current discussion of Lachenalia.

I'd like to say something about my experience with these plants, something
directed to those in cold winter areas who have not tried them.

Years ago I pretty much gave up on attempting to raise flowering plants in
the house. Some, such as the familiar Hippeastrum hybrids, are reliable. But
most others (think Freesia, Ixia, Sparaxis, Leucocoryne, tazetta daffodils)
seemed to run into problems: the warmth and dry air in the house caused the
flower buds of some to abort, the resulting plants generally declined under
household conditions, and the whole operation seemed to go downhill only. 

Not so with Lachenalia. I start these outside and then bring them in to grow
under fluorescent lights. The ones I've tried really seem to do well - they
get better rather than worse. They multiply and then bloom again the next

Maybe this is just beginner's luck, but I'm encouraged by what I see so far.

So if you've thought about trying them, but have had the same sort of
experiences I've had with other plants, give them a try.   

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7
My Virtual Maryland Garden
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