Ixiolirion & lime

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Wed, 25 Jun 2008 16:29:30 PDT
Dear all,
	I find all the pros and cons of bulb needs very interesting, 
but like Adam give high credence to provenance or where the bulb 
originated. Ixiolirion is a plant of Central Asian steppes and would 
seem tailor made for my growing conditions in the Central American 
Steppes (U.S. Prairie) . Cold winter, low to moderate rainfall, high 
temps in summer. limestone soils etc etc.
	Perhaps the bulbs genetic transposition through Dutch care 
has made them less agreeable to quasi-native treatments.

	And perhaps my best bet would be grow them from seed 
collected in the wild from a habitat more similar to mine than the 
Dutch bulb fields.

	And this relates to the subject of lime. I know, I know, I 
know that  prepared soil and soilless mixes are pH adjusted to be 
neutral (ph 7.0) or nearly so, but (I think) I see better growth when 
I add a seasoning of pulverized lime/ limestone to each pot and some 
get a larger helping like peonies and hellebores.

	Call me crazy to add lime where the water pH is almost 11 
(yes, true), but it does seem to help.

		Best		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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