Fall is here in San Jose

Pamela Slate pameladaz@msn.com
Mon, 22 Sep 2008 10:09:45 PDT
Hi Bracey-
I have Zephyranthes candida, Z. grandiflora, and Z. 'LaBuffarosa.'  All are in
the ground and bloom most reliably after summer monsoon rain, especially
thunderstorms, despite receiving regular irrigation.  Temperatures usually drop
significantly with these rains and this may have an impact.  

Pamela Slate
AZ Intermediate Sonoran Desert - Elev. 2450'
Winters mild, usually with some light frost
Summers hot and dry; monsoon rains July and August (hopefully)
Rains highly variable year round

-----Original Message-----
From: pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org] On
Behalf Of Mary Sue Ittner
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2008 8:14 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Fall is here in San Jose

Hi Bracey,

We got a bit of rain out of the front a little north of you. At least it 
generated some brown water for the barrels that collect water from the roof 
even if it only the surface of the ground got wet otherwise.  And I too 
have Zephyranthes candida in bloom. But I've found it always blooms this 
time of the year for me. Alberto told us it grows  along rivers and in 
marshes where it gets year round rainfall except for a brief period in late 
summer after which it blooms. Mine are growing in a large container with a 
Meyer lemon so that they get year round water. The best bloom I ever had 
was one year when I was gone in late summer and the person watering for us 
didn't water the lemon tree very much. It lost a lot of leaves, but didn't 
die and we got massed bloom from the Zephyranthes when we returned and 
stepped up the water. I don't know about Zephyranthes flavissima which 
isn't pictured on the wiki either.

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers 

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