pbs] Ferraria

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Thu, 26 Aug 2010 18:04:52 PDT
Marguerite wrote
>As I was sorting through the bulbs, I found a container of Ferraria 
>crispa that I got from the BX several years ago.  It has never 
>bloomed, but keeps throwing off bulbs.  I have had it in a ten inch 
>wide and deep container and treat it like the other tender 
>bulbs.(feed once lightly and start water when leaves show; water it 
>modearatly until they die back, let it dry in summer.
>Are there other tricks to make it perform?

Actually, Marguerite, you're fortunate that it has not flowered. Of 
all the bulbs I've ever grown, Ferraria crispa has the most offensive 
odor. To me it's worse than some of the aroids that smell like manure 
or carrion, because it's an awful smell that seems to have no cognate 
in the rest of nature. I put up with it (in the solarium) for two 
years and threw it away.

Jane McGary

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