Fritillaria imperialis again

Lauw de Jager
Wed, 27 Aug 2008 23:35:39 PDT
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)

-- Lauw de Jager
South of France (zone 9 (olive trees)

Le 27/08/08 17:54, « Jim McKenney » <> 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).   

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