Tropaeolum notes

D Anderson
Sat, 12 Jan 2008 13:42:56 PST
I started Tropaeolum pentaphylum last in February.  Here is what it looked 
like in end of September.  I did cut it back later
and it's already growing alot of new shoots.  It didn't bloom last year, so 
I'm hoping it does this year.…

Thanks for all the information that everyone does provide here on the group.

:) Donna in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jane McGary" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2008 1:19 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Tropaeolum notes

> Paul in Canberra wrote,
> Tropaeolum tricolor isn't bothered by -8 or -9'C in the slightest.  I grow 
> it
>>outside here, both in 8 inch black plastic pots and in the
>>ground.  No problemo at all here at least, but obviously I can't
>>vouch for any colder.
> An interesting thing about this species is its wide distribution in the
> wild. You can see it right on the coastal strip where there probably is
> never anything approaching frost, and up into the Andean foothills
> flowering within the winter snow zone, in really nasty chilly weather. I
> suspect seeds from the populations in colder areas would produce hardier
> plants than seeds from the coast. I don't know where the material in
> general cultivation came from originally, though.
> Like Diana I prefer twiggy branches to chicken wire supports for the small
> trops. When we get a severe cold snap and I have to lay microfoam sheets
> over my bulbs, I carefully lift the trop supports and lay them flat, then
> reset them when I remove the foam. You can manipulate the threadlike stems
> quite a bit without harming them. T. brachyceras seems to be the most
> cold-hardy species I have here. I've recently seen it on Dutch wholesale
> lists, so perhaps Russell Stafford (Odyssey Bulbs) will be bringing in 
> tubers?
> Jane McGary
> Northwestern Oregon, USA
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