Trying to get started

Michael Mace
Wed, 24 Jun 2009 16:16:16 PDT
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

Does anyone know of another source for Tigridia seed?  

San Jose, CA  (zone 9, min temp 20F)

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