Was :Some frits are waking up -now a confession

Christine Council scamp@earthlink.net
Sun, 01 Mar 2009 13:55:28 PST
I just wanted to say you are all very intelligent and nice. It has been
a pleasure to read all of the information you volunteer.  James, I
especially enjoy reading the Banana Org. although this has become off topic.

Now to get the info I really want.  Tell me about the Angel Trumpet, Datur,
Miners claim, they all look the same to me.I saw some and decided to borrow
a few to plant last summer and they were beautiful.  Nobody seems to know
what is what or how to understand the difference in them. I am told that
some of these plants have a sweet fragrance in the evening, some point up
some point down.  The ones I borrowed pointed out but some point down; they
were big, beautiful with green or mixed green and white leaves.  Are they
all poisonous?  If you can help me I would appreciate it and are they bulbs
or seeds?  I did see some with a seed pouch at the end of summer.  I know I
don't get involved as much as I should but when I do, it is insane and off
topic.  One more question, why are these plants so expensive?

Help and love to all PBS flower lovers.

-----Original Message-----
From: pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org]
On Behalf Of James Waddick
Sent: Sunday, March 01, 2009 3:24 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] Was :Some frits are waking up -now a confession

Dear friends,
	The recent notes about awakening frits gives me some guilt.

	Last July I dug a couple clumps of Frit. persica and donated 
a dozen or so bulbs to BX # 177. I also planted some back in their 
original place and elsewhere. I put some odds and ends in a cardboard 
box with barely damp whole sphagnum. And then I forgot about them.

	Come Dec 12 (5 months later !!), I opened the box and found 
the largest bulbs had loss about half their weight (by guess) and 
there was a fist size 'nest' of succulent white roots, a few smaller 
bulb bits and pieces also had grown similarly. Sort of revolted at my 
procrastination, I put 5 'blooming size' and odd lots in a single 5 
gallon nursery pot. Watered well and then I put the pot in my cold 
greenhouse for some protection. Now just 2 1/2 months later I have 
four plants starting to bloom and and a half dozen smaller stems 

	Today at 8 degrees outside, this large pot of rich 
chocolate-purple flowering stems is a nice show. I guess I'll let it 
continue to grow in the pot, put it outdoors when the weather allows 
and when it all goes dormant, unpot and plant the bulbs outside 
somewhere in a more TIMELY manner.

	This is either a very vigorous clone or highly 'forgiving' of 
my abuse or both. The bulbs originally planted outdoors won't show 
for weeks, but I have some confidence that they'll be 'just fine'. I 
am happy that they are alive, surprised they came up so well and 
bloom is fairly normally. I wouldn't expect Frit persica to be suited 
to pot culture.

	I'll get a picture out soon, too. 			Best 
		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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