pbs Digest, Vol 83, Issue 35 What does lachenalia need for germination

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Tue, 29 Dec 2009 16:46:46 PST
Lachenalias are as easy as weeds from seed for the most part.  L. pusilla 
is in fact a weed in the greenhouse if you don't watch it like a 
hawk.  Where they suffer in my climate, Indiana, is not getting enough 
sunlight in winter.  I grow them in very gritty mix.

Get some seeds, plant them (it should not be too late) and have fun.

They need cold temperatures AND bright sunlight in their winter growing 
season.  They tolerate light, brief frosts inside the cool 
greenhouse.  They seem to tolerate as much water and fertilizer as I feel 
like giving them in winter, but I have my own careful methods for that.

Jim Shields

At 07:16 PM 12/29/2009 -0500, you wrote:
>Happy Holidays to all.(
>  Someone on today's list mentioned lachenalias from seed. I have  tended to
>avoid them because I think they might need smoke and the cycling of
>temperatures you get when northern winter is segueing into spring. At 
>least that
>is the last time I was successful in germinating them. Now I am in zone ten
>Florida when I might get a week of forties .  Just wanted to find out what
>others are doing to insure germination.
>  Cherry G

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