Rachel Saunders silverhill@yebo.co.za
Wed, 17 Sep 2008 23:59:43 PDT
My Walleria gracilis plants flowered last year, but didn't even come up this 
winter! I think that the same thing happens in the wild as we couldn't find 
any plants this year at all.  We collected seeds one year several years ago 
(probably when you purchased them from us) and we have never found seeds 
since then. That particular year there were many seed capsules on many 
plants, growing both on the road verge and inside the fence. Since then we 
have found sporadic plants in leaf, but no capsules.  Odd plants!
Rachel Saunders
Silverhill Seeds and Books
Tel: +27 21 762 4245
Fax: +27 21 797 6609
PO Box 53108,
7745 South Africa
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Hannon" <othonna@gmail.com>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 5:48 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] (no subject)

> Jonathan,
> I can only say I have had a similar experience with this species, from the
> same source. I don't get the idea that it is a fire-follower in situ. Mine
> are outdoors all winter in part sun in a very sandy mix in 5" pots. Some
> grew well last year but no flowers. Since they are outdoors and subject to
> the full effect of our winter rains (Los Angeles average about 17"/year)
> they are not the victims of any capricious watering regime yet they will 
> sit
> there and refuse to budge in spite of this natural drenching. Some
> eriospermums and albucas are like this also and it is difficult to say if
> they "alternante" years or just what is going on.
> Dylan
> On Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 2:32 AM, <jonathanhutchinson@rhs.org.uk> wrote:
>> I wondered if anybody had experiences with Walleria gracilis?
>> I purchased this species as seed a few years ago as seed from Silverhills
>> Seeds. Some germinated and grew well for the first few years and I have 
>> now
>> some good tubers which are about 1.5- 2cm across.
>> The problem is I get no growth, they sit there perfectly happy in a
>> hibernated state and I cannot seem to shift them into any movement.
>> I have tried the smoke treatment and awit to see any movement, other than
>> that does any body have any suggestions
>> This is a lovely little plant and well worth growing .... I just wish it
>> would !
>> Jonathan
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