Dear Jim, All our large Fritilaria (imperialis, persica, raddeana) in the (dry) ground do not show any root dvelopment. The cause of the roots on your F imperialis surely is a humid environment. In the fridge it will get worse, you can dry them off and loose the roots, or plant them now in the gropund with a little humidity (personally I prefer the last option) Greetings -- Lauw de Jager Bulb'Argence South of France (zone 9 (olive trees) emailto: email@example.com Site http://www.bulbargence.com/ Le 27/08/08 17:54, « Jim McKenney » <firstname.lastname@example.org> a écrit : > I¹ve read that > this species begins to produce new roots in August. I last checked this bulb > perhaps two weeks ago at the most, so this root growth is something new. > > The bulb has spent the summer wrapped in newspaper. > What next? Three options present themselves immediately: leave the bulb in > its newspaper wrapping until the soil temperatures cool down (i.e. probably > sometime in October), plant it now out into the garden (the least attractive > option in my view), or store the newspaper wrapped bulb in the refrigerator > until planting time. > > I¹m not sure what to do here: any suggestions? > > The related Fritillaria raddeana (now going into its fourth year here) shows > no sign of root growth, nor do Fritillaria persica and its cultivar ŒIvory > Bells¹).