summer water for Brunsvigia josephinae?

D Anderson
Sat, 30 Aug 2008 09:58:58 PDT
Ken, amazing bulb and blooms!  Would be cool to find seeds.  Did add you as 
a friend in Flickr.

:) Donna in Winnipeg, Manitoba

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ken" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2008 11:49 AM
Subject: Re: [pbs] summer water for Brunsvigia josephinae?

GREAT information, Jim!

Thank you very much. Perhaps I will only try to pollinate my largest bulb 
this year, or ... maybe just one or two flowers on the newer blooming 
bulbs!?! I am hoping to get at least some seed.

Your comment about possible lack of bloom following a year of seed set was 
especially interesting. I had that experience with my B.litoralis, which 
bloomed in 2005, set from 4-13 seeds on each of its 12 florets. The 
following year, no bloom ... but I repeated similar bloom and seed set last 
(2007) year as in 2005. Of course, there could have been other factors too.

Do you think irrigation during seed formation may help offset some of the 
stress on the bulb? Also, do you fertilize? Another California grower 
indicated he had 5 blooms on his plants this year after applying ash last 
winter during the growth cycle. His bulbs are in pots, though.

here's a link to a photo I shot this morning of mine, now with two open 

Thanks again!

San Diego, California

--- On Sat, 8/30/08, Jim lykos <> wrote:

My experience in flowering  Brunsvigia josephinea is that flower count will
decline progressively if you set seed each year.  The high flower counts 
from a couple of years of rest as a seed parent.  The highest flower count 
the mature  josephinea I've grow is 60. This is also directly related to the
number of leaves that the bulb supported in the previous season. This year 
mature B. josephinea has 14 large leaves and I'm anticipating a large flower
count in  February 2009.
However if you  harvest  seed from every flower then you can expect the 
count in the following year  to be as low as 25, or no flowering at all and 
significantly lower leaf count.
Self pollinated seed set is  a factor of the overall level of plant vigor  - 
the higher the flower count the more likely it is that the B. josephinea 
set seed from a selfing.  Below 30 flowers  I've been unable to set any seed
from self pollination whereas a  josephinea with 50 flowers will produce 
optimal selfing seed set - and there is a gradient in between these levels.

Good growing

Jim Lykos
Blue Mountains Sydney
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