[SPAM] Re: Source of Eremurus spp.

Kelly O'Neill kellyo@wetrock.com
Sun, 28 Oct 2007 22:54:55 PDT
On 28 Oct 2007 at 22:43, Jim McKenney wrote:

> Eremurus foliage is definitely susceptible to hard freezes here, so be
> ready to protect the foliage. If they were to sprout like some Muscari and
> produce mature foliage in the autumn, I suspect that even a mild zone 7
> winter would destroy such foliage. But I've never known the foliage to
> grow that much in the fall or winter. 

Most of my stuff is likely hybrids. Even if my named species types are happy 
here, I'd guess some species would have different requirements than others. 
We are very winter wet here in western Oregon. We have a wet spring and 
fall (usually). Summer is dry. We are supposed to be zone 8. I'd say no 
"zone 8" stuff survives here and I think we are as cold as 7 at least. I don't 
cover mine at any time of year. I even water some of them a little bit in 
summer and they seem to do fine. Foliage is out in winter and it handles our 
light freezing fine. I think these critters come from very cold places and so I 
have never worried about cold.  If it did get killed back by a harder freeze, I 
think it would resprout if the crowns "bud" was not killed.
    The "bulbs" in the dry season (when they can be dug) are big spidery 
shaped things with a central upward pointing "bud". I'd guess that bud has 
the immature leaves and flower stems for the next spring already inside.
   I believe the "bulbs" are very fragile in that bruising of the connection 
between the heavy spider legs and the crown is easy to do and may lead to 
rot later. These things can be difficult to get to survive when first obtained 
bareroot. I'd guess rumours of winter wet vulnerability are due to rot from 
damage at transplanting (or even worse maybe, shipping and/or storage). 
Or, maybe planting too deep? We plant  the crown with the bud about 1" (a 
few cm) deep. Spider legs hang a bit deeper, however, you do not want to try 
to point the spider legs downward!. These "bulbs" can be big and are WIDE. 
If you make full grown ones fit in a small box (or tall narrow box) for shipping, 
I think they are dead already.  
       Eremurus and the big alliums together make quite a show.
                                      I love 'em,  KellyO

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