Oh No! A Boophone disaster!

Ken kjblack@pacbell.net
Sat, 03 Oct 2009 21:12:23 PDT
I was a bit alarmed when about half of my 2-year old seedlings, the result of crossing a Winter growing Boophone disticha with a Summer growing bulb of the same species, started declining.  Leaf growth had stopped and withered ... and the bulbs seemed to be loose in the container's soil.  I had been watering very lightly during the summer, except I gave them a thorough drenching a month ago before making a trip away ... evidently, a big mistake!  The weather was apparently hot while I was away with many days in the upper 80s and low 90s, and continued after my return until recently.  Removing the soil from the 'loose' bulbs revealed the roots had rotted.  Roots of those that remained solidly fixed in the soil appeared OK.  All my seedlings of the reverse cross ... Summer X Winter growers ... appear to be OK also.  I plan to dust these with Sulphur and place in dry soil, in hopes they will reroot.  Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
San Diego

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