Lilium bolanderi update

Bill Richardson
Fri, 29 Feb 2008 16:31:06 PST
Hi Max,
thanks for this info, especially regarding L. bolanderi.
I have just obtained seed of this species here in Oz. and your information 
will be invaluable in helping me determine how to germination here and when.
Any further info would be considered greatfully.
Bill Richardson
Victoria, Australia
Summer 12c to 32c at present
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Max Withers" <>
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Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2008 11:24 AM
Subject: [pbs] Bulbinella latifolia ssp. doleritica, Lilium bolanderi update

> When I bought this Bulbinella a few years ago, for some reason I doubted
> it would be truly orange, despite Mary Sue's excellent photo on the
> wiki, which I can now confirm perfectly conveys what it looks like. I've
> just added a close up to confirm the vivid coloration, in the unlikely
> event that someone else suffers similar doubts:
> The scape is about 3'/1m tall. Started blooming about 2 weeks ago, at
> almost exactly the same time as the common yellow-flowered plant I think
> is B. nutans.
> ...
> Last winter I asked about germinating Lilium bolanderi, and based on
> suggestions from the list, stratified half my seed  (probably for about
> 6-8 weeks, starting in late Jan.) and potted up the other half this fall
> without any pretreatment. Leaves have begun to emerge in the last week
> in both pots, the first sign of life. My interim conclusion is that
> there is no benefit to trying to force this species with a late
> stratification. Possibly starting in December (i.e., after the rains
> have started) would speed it up, but I'd be inclined to put it outside
> at that point. People in less congenial climates may have different
> ideas. In particular, I wonder how important is diurnal temperature
> variation. Further thoughts welcome.
> Happy Spring,
> Max Withers
> Oakland CA
> Other blooming bulbs are Crocus gargaricus and Lachenalia aloides.
> Freesia alba and cvv. and Clivia cv. should open in a few days. I have
> massacred a truly appalling number of gastropods the last two nights.
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