Pillansia templemannii

alessandro.marinello alessandro.marinohob@alice.it
Mon, 14 Dec 2009 10:50:17 PST
James I I seed have tried it of Pillansia, after approximately three months 
I have only obtained two I plant some, than later on I have lost, after some 
months in the spring to be dulled an other plant, also this after a month I 
have lost
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James Hitchmough" <j.d.hitchmough@sheffield.ac.uk>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, December 14, 2009 6:06 PM
Subject: [pbs] Pillansia templemannii

>I grew some Pillansia from seed from Silverhill too. They were
> overwintered in a cold glasshouse last winter, and exposed to about -5C.
> About half of the 6-9month old seedlings tolerated this, the others
> died. I think this spp requires extremely well drained soils, in its
> habitat soils look like coarse sand. I grew them in a 50:50 mix of grit
> and a proprietory peat based compost. Had I grown them in pure sand I
> think more would have survived. The survivors were put outside in spring
> and then  under glass lights during an extended period of heavy summer
> rain (for weeks and weeks). To be honest they did not show any signs of
> damage from this; it was a "just in case" action. Unfortunately I sort
> of forgot about them and by September they had browned off as a result
> of drought. I transplanted them to a very free draining compost
> (grit/sand 80%: peat compost 20%) in September. The roots had shrivelled
> but the corms looked good, although only about 5 mm across. They are now
> sitting in a cold frame, but have not resprouted yet. I think they may
> yet do so but perhaps the drought stress has thrown them into some form
> of extended dormancy?  It may just be 5-10C (the average temp in the
> frames) is just too low for them to initiate veg growth at present?
> I think the uncultivatable suggestions in Bryans book are based on
> heresay.  My experience thus far suggests that like Tritoniopsis the
> critical cultivation factor is probably extremely well drained, highly
> aerated compost. Coarse sand only or Seramis are probably the way
> forward. Getting them to flower may be another issue, they seem to be an
> obligate fire responder.  Hope this is useful
> James
> -- 
> Dr James Hitchmough
> Professor of Horticultural Ecology
> Department of Landscape
> University of Sheffield
> S10 2TN  UK
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