Pacific BX 178

Dell Sherk
Tue, 22 Jul 2008 08:30:33 PDT
Dear All,

       The items listed below have been donated by our members to be shared.

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Dell Sherk
6832 Phillips Mill Rd.
New Hope, PA, 18938 


From Jim Waddick:

1. Seeds of Crinum bulbispermum 'Jumbo'
	"These are a mix of pale pink to darker pink open pollinated 
plants. This is a Les Hannibal selection and my stock came from 
Marcelle Sheppard.  One of the easiest, best and hardiest of all 
Crinums. Here in Zone 5 it is a no-brainer. Seedlings grow fast, but 
need some TLC over their first winter in my colder climate, I suspect 
they are easier in warmer sites.
	I know I have sent a lot of seeds over the years, but if you 
still don't grow it, get a few and give it room to grow. Plants can 
get some size to them."

From Roy Sachs:

2. Large to medium sized bulbs of x Amarcrinum, pink/white, scented. "Many
years ago I was able to dig some Amarcrinum or Crinadonna bulbs from Les
Hannibal's garden as part of his invitation to PBS to take some things
before he and his heirs sold the estate. I now have a goodly supply of the
bulbs (all fairly large). They survived fairly cold Davis winters but of
course our ground doesn't freeze to any depth at all; with mulching they
might be hardy in a number zones."
NOTE: These bulbs are fairly heavy and will require extra postage costs to
those who order them.

From Alberto Grossi:


3. Hippeastrum x Johnsonii x self
4. Phaedranassa cinerea
5. Schizobasis intricata
6. Cyrtanthus brachyshyphus
7. Cyrtanthus aff. O'brienii

From Roy Herold:


All of the massonias are two year old seedlings, sown in the summer of '06.
They have grown well, and the odd one might bloom this fall. Most or all
have good roots, so they should establish quickly

8. Massonia sp. Addo
Received seed from Steve Hammer, described as having 'bewitching perfume'.

9. Massonia sp. ex Rust en Vrede Nursery Seed also from Steve Hammer,
described as 'shimmering silk stockings'. 
 From my observations, these have leaves that are different from any other
massonia I have encountered, at least at the yearling stage. They are
smooth, and covered with fine, silvery hairs, and no hint of any pustules or
bumps. When the leaves emerged last fall, the hairs picked up grains of sand
I had used for top dressing the pot, until the entire leaf surface was
covered with sand. Watering washed it all off.

10. Massonia pustulata
Ex Richard Doutt

11. Massonia 'depustupressalata'
Will he *ever* stop sending this one to the BX??? Nice plant, different from
either depressa (name as received) or pustulata (which it looks like, sort

12. Oxalis hirta 'Gothenburg'
Ex Odyssey Bulbs, a bit darker flower than the one in the wiki.

13. Oxalis namaquana
Ex Matt Mattus, and probably Telos.

14. Albuca sp. Plettenberg Bay
Year plus old bulbs, from seed collected in November, 2006 from a plant
growing in pure sand at the edge of the beach, perhaps 50 meters from the
high waterline. This plant had gone dormant, and only the scape and seed
pods remained, approximately 20-30cm high. Seedlings grew strongly through
last summer and winter, and went dormant in May, stretching to go deeply
into the pot.

15. Albuca sp. 6km north of Uniondale
 From the other side of the mountains, farther north from Plett. I have to
admit that I was looking for euphorbias at the time, and finding seeds from
a *bulb* was a bonus. The scape was about 50cm tall as I recall. Unlike the
ones from Plett, and unlike the parent plant in the screaming sunlight of
the Klein Karoo, these have not yet gone completely dormant here this
summer. Year old plus bulbs, like the preceding.


16. Fritillaria pallidiflora
A very robust form, NOT from Dutch stock (no offense, Jim). From one of 
those *other* seed exchanges, purportedly wild collected. Six to eight 
flowers per stem for me.

From Pam Slate:

17. Corms of Babiana sp? "I got them some years ago at
I started with ten and now have easily ten times that.  They all have dark
blue flowers with white markings and I have no scientific name for them -
nor is there one on their website (nor has there ever been)."

From Robin Glascock:

18. Corms and seeds of Freesia laxa - Open-pollinated. These reseed all over
the place, grow in sun or partial shade, easy in zone 9b, SF Bay Area. They
seem to tolerate some summer moistness in the ground or freeloading in the
pots of other plants. The bulbs only need to be an inch or two (2-4 cm)
deep. Seeds germinate here without being covered or cared for.

19. Corms of Babiana villosa - NOT the red variety from Tulbagh, these are
violet/magenta ones, vegetatively propagated from bulbs I got from Jim
Duggan 10 yrs ago. They are very prolific with bulbils every year and easy
in zone 9b, San Francisco Bay area, with about 1/2 day of sun. I grow them
in a pot with dry summers. I put about 2 inches of potting soil in a
so-called 1-gallon pot, then an inch of Profile Greens Grade into which I
set the bulbs, and fill to the top with more Profile. They like to be 4-5
inches deep. 

20. Bulbs of Oxalis hirta - These have multiplied vegetatively for years. I
grow them in a pot of regular potting mix, in full to half sun, with dry
summers. They do not mind some moistness even when dormant. These were about
3-4 inches deep in the pot. Easy in zone 9b, SF Bay Area.

Thank you, Jim, Roy S., Alberto, Roy H., Pam, and Robin !!

Best wishes,

Dell Sherk, Director, PBS BX

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