Trying to get started

Tony Avent
Thu, 25 Jun 2009 05:13:00 PDT

We have tried for years to grow tigridia from Dutch sources with no 
survivability.  When I was visiting growers in Holland, they blamed the 
lack of hardiness on virus, but I haven't been able to confirm this and 
wonder if it's not just genetics.  Finally, about 10+ years ago, we got 
plants grown from wild collected seed from Yucca Do Nursery.  These have 
survived and flowered for the last decade.  We occasionally offer them 
as does Yucca Do.

Tony Avent
Plant Delights Nursery @
Juniper Level Botanic Garden
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, North Carolina  27603  USA
Minimum Winter Temps 0-5 F
Maximum Summer Temps 95-105F
USDA Hardiness Zone 7b
phone 919 772-4794
fax  919 772-4752
"I consider every plant hardy until I have killed it least three times" - Avent

Michael Mace wrote:
> Mark wrote:
>>> ANY specie of Tigridia,
> If you're interested in Tigridia, one of the best sources of information is
> a monograph written by Elwood Molseed in the late 1960s.  You may be able to
> find it in a university research library, and it's worth looking for.  Those
> flowers are extremely weird and interesting.  There are some good photos on
> the PBS wiki, but they do not begin to capture the diversity of the genus.
> I tried to raise a number of them here in California, but did not have good
> luck keeping them alive -- they want winter dry and summer wet, and my
> climate gives them the opposite.  Keeping them wet in summer was easy, but
> dry in winter was hard to do without a lot of pot-hauling.  So
> unfortunately, I do not have anything to offer in trade.
> I was about to tell you that Southwestern Native Seeds was a great source
> for Tigridia seed, but I checked their website and it looks like they no
> longer collect in Mexico.  That's very disappointing.  You might want to
> contact them and see if they are planning to do anything in Mexico in the
> future.
> Does anyone know of another source for Tigridia seed?  
> Mike
> San Jose, CA  (zone 9, min temp 20F)
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