Pseudogaltonia Clavata

Ellen Hornig
Fri, 16 Jul 2010 06:19:03 PDT
Jacob -to be honest, if I'd known I was looking at twnety years, I probably 
wouldn't have started the seed.  But now that it's under way, I'll give it a 
shot.  With our short warm seasons, though, I'm not overly optimistic.  I 
should probably stick with eucomis, which are charming, variable, and very 

I once had a customer who called to ask how large the seedling peonies were 
and when they would bloom.  Informed that they probably had 3-4 years to go 
to blooming size, she said "OK!  I'm 87 now, so I guess it's worth a shot." 
I've taken her as my model ever since.

Thanks for your kind words about Seneca Hill.  Closing it down is 
difficuult, but I do look forward to the comparative leisure of living a 
normal life.  However, now I need a new, if less demanding, career - I still 
have 30 years to go!


Ellen Hornig
Seneca Hill Perennials
3712 County Route 57
Oswego NY 13126 USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jacob Knecht" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2010 10:43 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Pseudogaltonia Clavata

> Ellen,
> Ahh. Still, good for you!  Clearly you are a patient person.  I think ours
> have 19 years to go if we are counting down from the 21 years that Harry
> Hay's bulbs took to bloom.  They are strong germinators, quite fun to see
> how fast they develop in the first two weeks of their life.  Nhu and I 
> split
> seeds between he in California under lights and I in Hawai'i under sun and
> rain (protected from winter rain).  His seedlings have not grown as fast,
> but he has had no losses whereas mine have bulked up faster but the 
> humidity
> caused only three out of two dozen to come back in year two!   This year 
> my
> Hawaiian seedlings have 1.5cm wide leaves while the CA - florescent light
> reared ones have much thinner leaves.
> This species' native haunts of Angola, Botswana, and Namibia 
> (Ricthersveld)
> surely provide abundant sunshine and heat during the summer growing 
> season.
> I have found that conditions in Hawai'i are very good for fattening up 
> East
> Cape and tropical African bulbs (not E. Cape Ledebouria though, they hate
> the warm nights).  As Mary Sue suggested, I wonder too if under the strong
> solar conditions of Hawai'i, Pseudogaltonia will not take as long as 21
> years to bloom?  Nhu and I keep meticulous records so I can promise we'll 
> be
> able to provide data in the future.
> I do have an older bulb of unknown age that seems to be in the vicinity of
> blooming size but it's anyone's guess as to when it will bloom.  It is
> growing in a large pot in southern California and is not protected from
> winter rain.  It grows glorious glaucous leaves each summer out of curious
> coconut-like bulb.  In Graham Duncan's article on this species in IBS's
> Bulbs (vol. 11, 2010) says that this species can rot if it gets too much
> winter rain, notably in the suburbs south of Cape Town.
> Slow plants may be a bore, but it is nice to have something to look 
> forward
> to.
> I admire your pioneering work creating Seneca Hill Perennials and have
> enjoyed your travelogues to South Africa.
> Cheers,
> Jacob Knecht
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> -
> On 15 July 2010 15:19, Ellen Hornig <> wrote:
>> Bloomed them?  No!  They just germinated a few weeks ago.  From what I
>> understand, they will bloom when I'm 80, plus or minus a few years (I'm 
>> 59
>> now).  Hope it's worth the wait. :-)
>> Ellen
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