pbs Digest, Vol 83, Issue 37 re lachenalia germination

MARK MAZER AND FREDRIKA MAZER markmazerandfm13@earthlink.net
Thu, 31 Dec 2009 15:36:11 PST
> think my only problem is getting the cool fluctuating temperatures. Cool 
> weather  is very limited here
Try this:
Aim for a December germination when the average high temperature in Cape
Coral is 76F and diurnal temps vary 20F +.  Sow/hydrate seed in mid
November. Keep seedlings growing as long as possible under partial shade. 
Don't allow first year dormant bulbs to bake nor dessicate.  You may
transplant seedlings after the second year. Decrease the amount of organic
matter in mix.  Properly watered, one can grow all Lachenalia to maturity
in 80-90% coarse sand.
Mark Mazer
Hertford, North Carolina, USA

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