J.E. Shields
Wed, 31 Jan 2007 10:12:56 PST
Jim McK, Carlo, et al.,

I have some Lachenalia in my greenhouse.  They seem to get leggy unless we 
have a lot of bright sunshine.  They are not bothered by temperatures 
around freezing.  So I think besides wanting lots of water while in growth, 
they need bright sunlight or artificial lighting, and cool to cold 
temperatures for optimum performance and appearance.

Providing enough sunshine in the greenhouse here in the Midwest is the 
hardest problem to deal with.  Otherwise the Lachenalia are what we call a 
"grateful" plant to grow.

Jim Shields
in cold, semi-sunny central Indiana (USA)

At 05:53 PM 1/31/2007 +0000, you wrote:

>I've got a few under lights but the foliage is relatively soft and
>floppy...except for pustulata. They do appear to want lots of water
>when in growth, but even when I keep up with them the leaves are all
>over the place. Is this just how they behave, or do I need to do
>something that I'm not?
>Carlo A. Balistrieri  (
>The Gardens at Turtle Point
>79 Turtle Point Road
>Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
>Zone 6  (845.351.2049)
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