PBS list and growing bulbs in Hawai`i

Himalayan Orchid Exports (U.C.Pradhan) hoe@sify.com
Thu, 24 May 2007 20:27:54 PDT
Dear Lee,

I love Hippeastrums and grow a number of them here in the Himalayas through
gifts from freinds. Many thanks for the link I will get to Brazil plants. I
am finding the postings most interesting. Even those on fungi, Linnaeus,
Amorphs and  orchids!!!

Many thanks to all of you there and regards.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lee Poulsen" <wpoulsen@pacbell.net>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2007 2:03 AM
Subject: Re: [pbs] PBS list and growing bulbs in Hawai`i

> Hi Jacob,
> I don't think anyone has *nothing* worthwhile to post, especially to
> this list, and Jacob just proved it IMO. I think this was a very
> informative post, moreso than you might imagine. Keep posting
> whenever you even think you have something to say. I'm positive at
> least one person, and most likely even more, will benefit from it.
> There's a reason Protea (and other mediterranean climate plants) grow
> so well in the highlands of Maui. As far as I'm concerned it's the
> 6th mediterranean climate region of the world. (The other five, more
> classicly known ones, are: the entire coastal regions bounding the
> Mediterranean Sea as well as the Atlantic coasts of Portugal and
> Morocco, California (as well as southern coastal Oregon and the
> regions of Washington and British Columbia in the rain shadow of the
> Olympic Peninsula), Central Chile, the Western Cape region of South
> Africa, and the coastal regions surrounding Adelaide in South
> Australia and the southwestern region of West Australia including
> Perth.) See the (rather crowded, but informative) plot of a bunch of
> key locations from all six mediterranean regions on the wiki: <http://
> http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/files/…>. (It's
> in the Miscellaneous section.) You'll note that two towns in upper
> Maui (as well as one in upper Lanai) all have the classic annual
> mediterranean rainfall pattern. And they have corresponding
> temperatures as well. Surprisingly, none of the highland locations I
> checked on either side of the Big Island had such a rainfall pattern.
> So you should easily be able to grow any mediterranean climate bulb
> in that part of Maui.
> If you want a good source of other tropical South American amaryllid
> seeds like Hipp. calyptratum, be sure to check Mauro Peixoto's list
> of (mostly) Brazilian natives on a regular basis: <http://
> http://www.brazilplants.com/> (in either English or Portuguese) or go
> directly to <http://mpeixoto.sites.uol.com.br/Seeds.html>.
> Buried Treasures <http://www.buried-treasure.net/catalog/index.php>
> still has some Proiphys amboinensis bulbs for sale. They have them
> every year. Great plants.
> Supposedly no one has seen Bessera tenuiflora for a while, but a few
> people have seen it in various parts of the coast of southern Baja
> California last fall. I submitted some photos from one of these guys
> as mystery photos and quite a number of the experts who inhabit this
> list almost immediately determined what it was. They're on the wiki
> now (under Behria).
> Good luck with your bulb hunts.
> --Lee
> On May 24, 2007, at 12:35 PM, Jacob Knecht wrote:
>> My main reason for posting is just to share my
>> gratitude for this group and all who take time to
>> contribute. I really think this is a fantastic
>> organisation, the PBS Wiki is phenomenal.  Although I
>> have been growing bulbs for a while I still don't feel
>> like I have that much more advice to add than what has
>> already been placed in previous discussions.
>> I see this as a 10-15 year experiment to see if I can
>> not only successfully grow these South African bulbs
>> in this climate, but also get them to bloom!  If I am
>> fortunate to develop a strategy at getting these to
>> bloom in my climate I will be sure to keep the board
>> updated.  If they don't do so well, I intend to try
>> some up in the high elevations of Maui island where
>> Protea are so successfully grown.
>> A very kind friend gave me some seed of Hippeastrum
>> calyptratum and they have grown with so much vigour!!
>> I am always on the lookout for non hybridised species
>> (an non virused!) of Eucharis, Griffinia and other S.
>> American amaryllids.  There are so many exciting
>> little treasures that should be brought into
>> cultivation.  I'd like to grow Proiphys as well.
>> By the way, has anyone ever seen Pseudogaltonia
>> clavata, Eucrosia dodsonii, Stenomesson auranticum,
>> Bessera tenuiflora or Urceolina pendula for sale?
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