Was: Sowing seed is.. now Junos

John T Lonsdale john@johnlonsdale.net
Sun, 04 May 2008 11:57:26 PDT
Jane wrote - "I did think Almond's talk overemphasized the difficulty of
growing these plants; someone else on this forum commented that perhaps they
are more difficult outdoors in England, and I wonder if it's latitude that
causes the problem -- less winter sunlight. It often seems that the bulbs
shown in AGS journal photos are more elongated in growth than they would be
here in Oregon, even though sunlight is not a common occurrence for us in

Jane - it is the year-round wetness, or threat of it, that makes many of
these geophytes difficult outdoors in England, even in well drained beds.
Cool damp weather is not what they need.  Many of the Junos I would grow
outside here are grown in pots and they definitely etiolate a lot under
glass, even with good ventilation.  The etiolation gets worse the further
north you go.

Many are grown primarily for showing - and that requires them to be
portable, and there is also a definite tendency to overstate difficulty of
culture, especially among the show fraternity.

All the best,


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