Bulbs of western American Fritillaria again

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@jimmckenney.com
Fri, 01 Jun 2007 14:50:31 PDT
I went through the Fritillaria pots yesterday and paid close attention to
the condition of the bulbs of the western North American frits. 

Everything looks great! I checked FF. affinis, liliacea, biflora in two
forms, striata, purdyi and pudica.

Now to see what, if anything, happens during the upcoming months. Will there
be more incidences of sudden bulb collapse this year? 

I might try an experiment this year and store the small pots in zip-lock
plastic bags once the medium is dry. The fact that a tiny scrap of
Fritillaria purdyi bulb survived well last summer in a zip-lock bag is very
encouraging. And that bulb was stored naked, without any medium, just the
little scrap of bulb in the bag.  

While checking the frits, I had to take a peek at the Tecophilaea
cyanocrocus: it too looks promising.   

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where water lilies are
blooming and the pergola roses are in full potently fragrant bloom - and
daytime highs are topping 90 degrees F. 

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